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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016 - Bang or Bust?

The Perseid meteor shower is coming up SOON! Here are some facts about how to view the shower.

What? Like all meteor showers, the Perseids occur annually. Also like all meteor showers, the Perseids are caused by the Earth making its way through the debris field of a comet that passed years prior. Those little specks of dust and rock (about 1 to 10mm in size) that the comet left behind smack into the Earth's atmosphere at about 35 miles per second and burn up in an instant, emitting a bright streak of light in the process. Different meteor showers are attributed to different comets. The comet in question for the Perseids is Comet Swift-Tuttle (109P/Swift-Tuttle), which made its way through the inner solar system most recently in 1992.How? Get away from city lights! That's the most important bit of advice for viewing a meteor shower (other than open your eyes and look up). City lights create light pollution and wash out the fainter stars and meteors of the night sky. Go to the de…