Perseids Are Already Zipping Across the Sky!

The Perseids are ramping up! Here’s a Perseid meteor captured by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network on August 4th. The shower will peak the morning of August 13th. With a near-new Moon, we may get a good show that morning!

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5 thoughts on “Perseids Are Already Zipping Across the Sky!”

  1. Thank you, NASA, for all you do to bring the universe to the rest of us! I will be watching your feed because too many trees where I am.

  2. Hi NASA
    We live in Spain in an area with little light pollution. We were fortunate last night (11/08/15) to have witnessed 24 meteors! QUESTION: One of the meteors appeared to collide with something causing a Y shape streak and a light explosion akin to a flashbulb going off. Is this just the angle the meteor hit the Earth’s atmosphere?
    Thank you x

    1. Hi –
      I checked with our Meteoroid Environment Office to get an answer to your question. Danielle Moser, one of our resident experts, said:

      It sounds like you’ve witnessed a fragmentation event. In this scenario, a meteoroid entered the atmosphere and began to ablate – you saw the streak of light, a meteor – and then at some point the pressures the meteoroid experienced overcame the strength of the meteoroid itself so it broke up into smaller meteoroids which all then continued ablating. This caused a sudden increase in light production which you saw as a flare. In some cases, you can see just the flare and know the meteoroid has broken up. In other cases, you can actually see separate fragments after a break up – it sounds like this is what you observed.

      Thanks!

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