*This article has been updated to reflect the 2019 Perseid Meteor shower.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Perseid Meteor shower peaks today and tomorrow!
This meteor shower comes around every year, but this year the moon may obscure the peak of the meteor shower.
In a typical year, the peak showers will produce up to 100 meteors per hour. But this year, a nearly full moon will make it difficult to see the meteors streak across the sky.
Remember that it can take your eyes fifteen to twenty minutes to adjust to the darkness, so be patient!
Fun Facts: Perseid meteor shower happens every year around the same time as Earth passes through debris from the parent object comet 109P/Swift -Turtle. Little pieces of the comet enter the Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of over 37 miles per second (133,200 mph).
Don’t worry, no chance of that debris hitting the Earth’s surface. This particular meteor shower has been observed for over 2,000 years and some call it the “tears of St. Lawrence” since the occurrence shares a date with the saint’s martyrdom.
What if there is bad weather? As of now, it looks like it could be cloudy. This doesn’t mean you will completely miss the meteor shower.
The Perseids can be seen until August 24.
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