(KXAN) — Frequent and bright meteors flying through the sky are upon us again as the Perseids meteor shower began July 14 and will last through Aug. 24.
The meteors come from the comet known as 109P/Swift-Tuttle that brings this yearly meteor shower each summer. Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun every 133 years and was last in our inner solar system back in 1992.
Every year the Earth goes around the sun, it passes through a dusty trail left behind from this comet. Those particles in the trail then collide with our atmosphere and disintegrate to create the beautiful meteor shower and fireballs that we see in the summer night sky.
The meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus, which is the area in the sky the meteors appear to come from when looking from the Northern Hemisphere.
According to NASA, the Perseids meteor shower is known for the fireballs which “are large explosions of light and color that persist longer than an average meteor streak.” These fireballs come from some of the comets larger particles.
At it’s peak around the middle of August, you can see up to 100 meteors per hour which makes it the “best meteor shower of the year,” NASA reports.
For the best viewing of the meteor shower, get away from buildings and city lights and look to the sky. While you can view the meteors as early as 10 p.m., the best viewing isn’t until the early morning hours before dawn.