NASA Webcam to Show Perseids Meteor Shower

August 11th, 2012 by Mark

A webcam will soon go live that will allow you to watch the Perseids meteor shower. The meteor shower happens annually each summer in the skies of much of the northern hemisphere, starting in mid-July, and peaking in August. It is named due to the meteor shower appearing in the Perseus constellation.

The meteor shower occurs as the Earth passes through a cloud of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. It is the burning of the debris that creates the spectacular show.

A picture of the meteor shower in 2009. Image from Wikimedia Commons

NASA are hosting the live webcam so anyone can watch the shower unfold. The bods at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will also be staying up to host a web chat to answer any questions you might have.

While the meteor shower can be viewed by the naked eye, the NASA webcam will probably be providing the best view available.

You can check out the webcam, along with other information about the meteor shower, here. The webcam will be live from 11pm to 3am EDT on August 11-12.

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