WATCH: The Perseid Meteor Shower -NASA to host live broadcast

Time Lapse of Sky [image credit:Dominic’s pics/Flickr]

With the new moon the way it is tonight, the Perseid meteor shower could be the best in years. Be sure to look outside to catch glimpse of the shower. You can also check out the links below. Turns out the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama is doing a live broadcast program over the shower. It’ll be like a front row seat! Show starts at 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 12 to 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. The program will also air on NASA TV and NASA’s UStream channel.

NASA’s websites say that anyone can join in the conversation by tweeting questions to @NASA_Marshall with the hashtag #askNASA. Social media users may also post questions to Marshall’s Facebook page by replying to the Aug. 12 Perseid Q/A post.

  • The NASA ScienceCast video on the 2015 Perseid meteor shower can be found here.
  • Information on NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office can be found here.
  • Latest in “Watch the Sky” news, is here:

An interesting factoid, the ISS was supposed to capture some high resolution media of the Perseid shower using a camera NASA had built just for the occasion, however, it and its back-up perished in the Antares and SpaceX rocket explosions. Talk about bad luck.

The Perseids meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through the dust and gravel left by the Swift–Tuttle comet which travels through the inner solar system every 133-134 years. The shower occurs as Earth passes through this field of left over debris. Look for it every August.

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