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Perseid meteor bathe to peak on Tuesday evening


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Tuesday night’s weather should give you a decent view of what’s considered the most popular meteor shower of the year.

About Perseid
The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

Perseid meteor shower to peak on Tuesday night

About meteor
A meteoroid () is a small rocky or metallic body in outer space.
Meteoroids are significantly smaller than asteroids, and range in size from small grains to one-meter-wide objects. Objects smaller than this are classified as micrometeoroids or space dust. Most are fragments from comets or asteroids, whereas others are collision impact debris ejected from bodies such as the Moon or Mars.When a meteoroid, comet, or asteroid enters Earth’s atmosphere at a speed typically in excess of 20 km/s (72,000 km/h; 45,000 mph), aerodynamic heating of that object produces a streak of light, both from the glowing object and the trail of glowing particles that it leaves in its wake. This phenomenon is called a meteor or “shooting star”. A series of many meteors appearing seconds or minutes apart and appearing to originate from the same fixed point in the sky is called a meteor shower. If that object withstands ablation from its passage through the atmosphere as a meteor and impacts with the ground, it is then called a meteorite.
An estimated 25 million meteoroids, micrometeoroids and other space debris enter Earth’s atmosphere each day, which results in an estimated 15,000 tonnes of that material entering the atmosphere each year.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused by dust and debris left behind from the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

It’s been active since July but it’s set to peak Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Perseid meteor shower to peak on Tuesday night

You may still be able to catch a glimpse on Wednesday and Thursday nights as well.

Experts said this light show should be a little more exciting than in years past.

“This meteor shower, you might see anywhere from 50 to 100 meteors an hour without the moon interfering if you’re in a good, dark sky site. That’s why this one is such a major meteor shower,” said Mark Hodges, exhibitis technician with the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

You’ll get the best view in an open area with very little light.

Amherst County leaders are opening up mill creek lake park on Tuesday night for viewing. It’s free and gates open at 10:30 p.m.