Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12

By: Brittany Bedi |WCTV Eywitness News
August 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak on Saturday, August 12. The peak time will begin at 11:13PM. During that time, up to 150 meteors per hour are possible. However, a bright moon will limit visibility and drop that number to around 50 meteors per hour.

What causes the Perseid meteor shower?
Every year the earth's orbit will cross the orbital path of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. That comet leaves a path of debris behind it. As the earth moves through the debris, bits of debris will move into the top of the earth's atmosphere. The debris catches fire, burning up in the atmosphere as meteors.

Where should I look to see the meteors?
Just look up! The meteors will be seen as streaks across the sky. Meteors will originate from the same point in the sky. The meteors will appear to originate from the constellation Perseus, giving them their name.

Will North Florida and South Georgia get a good view of the meteor shower?
So far, it looks like clouds will limit visibility. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Saturday afternoon and into the early evening. Though rain may end, lingering clouds could block the sky or reflect moonlight. The best chance to see the meteors will be in an area with very little light from cities and large buildings.