Charlotte Will Witness The Peak of The Perseid Meteor Shower This Week

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The Charlotte region is currently witnessing the largest meteor shower of the year as the earth passes through the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

According to NASA, stargazers could see up to 100 meteors an hour between midnight an dawn on August 11th, 12th, and 13th of 2021. This year’s shower will be especially bright with a mostly dark moon and clear skies forecasted for t he Charlotte region.

“With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long ‘wakes’ of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere,” commented NASA.

via Felix Zai

If you want to get the best view, download a GPS-synced skymap on your phone and find the constellation Perseus – that is where most of the meteors will be originating from.

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