Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Perseid meteor shower peaks Tuesday night! It’s one of the more popular meteor showers of the year.

That’s partly due to the warm, August weather and also to its high production of 50-75 meteors an hour. That’s nearly one a minute!

But this year might be a bit of a disappointment for annual stargazers.

The last quarter moon is expected to obstruct views as well as the forecast cloud cover. The Mid-South will also be dealing with scattered showers and storms overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. This means visible meteors could be as low as 15-20 per hour.

If clouds break up some or you’re outside of the Mid-South your best bet is to head out tonight between 2 a.m. and sunrise (Memphis sunrise is 6:18 a.m CT). Find a spot away from city lights, lay on your back and look up. Give your eyes 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can view a live broadcast from NASA’s Facebook Page – NASA Meteor Watch.

The Perseid meteor shower is seen as the earth passes through the debris field left behind by the comet named Swift-Tuttle. It’s named from the location in the sky the meteors look to start from which is near the Perseus constellation.