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SWFL Stargazers Get Ready for Peak Perseid Meteor Shower

This weekend the annual Perseid meteor shower will hit its peak and coincides with the new moon. Meaning there will be a perfect meteor show for stargazers because of the dark night sky.

(SOURCE: NASA ) Animation: Perseid Meteor Shower

This meteor shower has been going on since July 17 and it’s supposed to end August 24th, but according to NASA the peak meteor activity should take place between about 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12th and 4 a.m. on Monday, August 13th.

As many as 60 or 70 meteors per hour are expected during the Perseid meteor shower peak, but what if the weather changes and you miss the light show?

Don’t worry you can catch a live stream set up from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy’s Perugia province of the meteor shower at the Virtual Telescope Project . You can check out an animated solar system with the Perseid on NASA’s website traveling through our solar system.

(SOURCE: NASA/JPL ) An outburst of Perseid meteors lights up the sky in August 2009 in this time-lapse image.

In SWFL you can head to Sea Hawk Park in Cape Coral. This is one spot where astronomers in our area will be.

The Perseid meteors get their name from the Perseus constellation. The meteors are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light and can also reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.

Reporting by Terrace Myles

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