Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Set To Be Unusually Active, NASA Says

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A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on Aug. 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Stargazers might be able to catch an unusually active Perseid meteor shower Thursday night and Friday morning.

According to NASA, the annual barrage of tiny debris is expected to pass into Earth’s atmosphere at a rate of 160 to 200 meteors per hour this year, higher than the average of 80 to 100 meteors.

Kelly Beatty of Sky & Telescope speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about what to expect and how best to enjoy the show.



Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky & Telescope Magazine. He tweets @NightSkyGuy.

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