Perseids Shower To Dust The Night Sky

Aug 8, 2014

To view the Perseid shower, find clear, dark skies away from city lights. Give your eyes about 45 minutes to adjust to the dark, then look straight up to see as much sky as possible. If you have partly cloudy skies, you might still see bright meteors.

The peak time for meteor showers over Utah is between 3 and 4 a.m.

“When they hit the atmosphere they get really hot and they glow for just and instant, maybe a second or so, and then burn themselves out and whatever’s left we call micro-meteoric dust and that rains down on the ground. People probably have some in their hair right now." -Patrick Wiggins. 

From NASA: Dr. Bill Cooke, Rhiannon Blaauw and Danielle Moser of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office will answer your Perseid questions here Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

A Ustream view of the skies over Marshall Space Flight Center will be embedded on this page tonight at 7:30 p.m.