Meteors to Light Up Night; Annual Show Visible Tomorrow until Sunrise
Byline: Jon Ward, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Fetch the blankets and prepare to stay up late for the annual Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible tomorrow night and into the early morning on Thursday.
The most spectacular meteor shower of the year will begin at about midnight tomorrow and last until about 7 a.m. Thursday.
"The moon is favorable this year. There's not much moon. You just sort of need to spread out a blanket or a lawn chair and look up," said Bill Cooke, a meteor-shower expert with the Space Environment Group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. "The main thing is to take in as much of the sky with your eye."
"What makes the Perseids so cool is that they're rich and bright meteors. You can't miss them," Mr. Cooke said. "The weather's warm, and they're nice, bright meteors."
A meteor shower occurs when many chunks of ice or rock fall into the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, producing what's known as shooting stars.
The Perseid meteor shower appears each August, when the Earth passes through the trail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. …