The Most Surprising Facts About the Perseid Meteor Shower

By on Aug 13, 2015 in Meteor Showers | 0 comments

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the biggest spectacles of the year and even if you’re not into astronomy you have probably heard something about it. However, once I started digging in a little further the story got a little more interesting… Quick facts about the Perseids Meteor Shower: Comet of Origin: 109P/Swift-Tuttle Meteor Shower period: July 17 to August 24th Meteor shower Peaks: Aug. 12-13 Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour Look North / North-East late at night (after 10 p.m EST) Comet Swift-Tuttle has the mass of about 7 cars Comet takes 133 years to orbit the sun Travelling roughly at 58 km/s or 36 mi/s Will make closest approach in the year 2126 and 4479 If it impacted Earth it would be 27 times more powerful than the asteroid that took out the dinosaurs So without further adieu let’s talk about what Perseid meteor shower is, where it...