Perseid Meteor Shower Underway

11:21 AM, Aug 13, 2010   |    comments
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Western New York will be treated to a free light show this evening as the Perseid meteor shower will continue tonight. 

The Perseid meteors we see are formed from tiny particles of comet dust left behind as the comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun.  Meteors are made from very small bits of material, but create bright flashes in the sky as they enter the atmosphere and burn up.  They are called the Perseids because the meteors appear to shoot out from the constellation Perseus.

It is easy to view them and you don't need any special equipment.  Just make sure you are away from street lights and it is dark enough to see the Big Dipper.  You can begin viewing the northern sky soon after sunset and should see between 40-60 meteors per hour through the pre-dawn hours.  The meteor showers will become smaller each night until ending near August 18th.

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