Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2010 Can Be Seen in the Sky Until August 24

Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2010 Can Be Seen in the Sky Until August 24: – Perseid meteor shower is expected by millions of star gazers tonight. The well known annual meteor shower which are debris and left overs from the comet Swift-Tuttle is expected to be at its peak past midnight of August 12, 2010 and until the predawn hours of the next August 13, 2010. Even though the peak is already finished, you can still watch it since they will still be visible in the sky up to August 24, 2010.

According to NASA, the “shooting star” show will begin when planets alight at sundown. That is four celestial bodies Venus, Saturn, Mars and the Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy as it will be visible through the naked eye.

In addition, NASA said that this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower show is a good year for spectators since the Moon won’t be up during its peak from midnight to dawn. As the night deepens, the constellation Perseus where the Perseids originate rises and the meteor shower rates increase up to 60 meteors or more per hour.

In the US, people gather in several county and national parks just to witness the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight. In St. Louis, residents are advised to go to St. Charles County Parks. In San Diego and Southern Carolina, Joshua Tree National Park, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Mount Pinos, and Anza Borrego Desert State Park are among the parks where people are advised to head into. However, for New York and New Jersey residents, rainy clouds might prevent people from seeing the wonderful Perseid Meteor Shower tonight.

For best results of the Perseid meteor shower show, astronomers advise people to find the best spot where the sky is at its darkest and stay away from city lights. Perhaps this is a good time to have camping together with your family or be with your partner.

The night continues. Have you seen any Perseid Meteor Shower in your area tonight? Let us know by commenting below. It will be best if you can also send us pictures and photos so that other visitors can also witness the actual “shooting stars”.

Meanwhile for those who don’t want to spend the rest of the night just waiting outside of their homes, NASA set up a live video feed of the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight using a camera mounted at its Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. here.

20 thoughts on “Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2010 Can Be Seen in the Sky Until August 24

  1. We went outside our house in rural San Diego, (92119) and as we are away from the main city, we decided to just look from our driveway. About five minutes later we saw a meteor come from the north to the south. The front part disappeared almost immediately, but the tail lingered for about 2 minutes. We also saw several smaller ones. This was the first time for my nine year old granddaughter and she thought it was awesome! And fantastic! We did not expect the tail to show like it did. The tail was white, but it had some blue in it also, and purple.

  2. Here on rural Big Island Hawaii, saw a beautiful bunch. Walked outside after 11 pm,and as I raised my eyes one streaked across the straightup sky, from the NE to SW. an unusual one, long tail looked red not silver. Kept my eyes on that part of the straightup sky with great rewards the next hour.

  3. We watched the fall from Big Basin. Out of 35 which we saw, one of it was big enough sparkle in the sky and the other four too.

    Do we stand chance to see some showers during the night of Aug 14th too ? I had be delighted.

  4. Tried to go out and watched it last night, but couldn’t manage to get far enough away from the light pollution in St Louis to get a really clear view. Saw a few bright ones though. Tonight, clouds and rain are the watchword of the day. 🙁

  5. The kids and I sat out on the dock in rural northern MN last night (Aug. 13) and were treated to over 20 shooting stars in about an hour. It was a late night but worth it to witness a 9 and 10 year olds wonder and delight at the meteors.

  6. I’m in El Cajon (92020), & it was nothing but clouds, so I wasn’t able to see the shower on either nights.
    Is it still going on, & when & where is the best place to see it?

  7. We watch the meteor shower last night at our place about 15 miles outside of Ellensburg, WA… As always this is an amazing show! Will be tuned in again tonight.

  8. I live in Kennewick, WA (Tri-Cities). While viewing the meteor shower at about 4am Aug. 13, to the east I saw two huge balls of light holding still. I glanced away, then back, and they were gone. Did anyone else see them?

  9. Saw a huge fireball in southeast texas around 12am this morning. still lit up the sky when it disappeared behind the trees.

  10. Wow! On the night of the 12th I was an incidental witness to them on my hike over Badger Mountain in Richland, WA, when I saw the usual little streak. But tonight, the one I happened to look straight at when it materialized, flared really bright about halfway through it’s long streak. From Kennewick at 11:52 pm local time it was straight up and a little north bearing about 320 degrees. I couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque shooting star than that, but I wish I could have shared it!

  11. My wife and I counted 41 meteors between 1:55am and 2:45am EST Sat night/Sun morning.

    6 of those were fireballs, leaving nice trails behind!!!

    We viewed these from Eastern NC.

  12. We saw a HUGE meteor, the largest I had ever seen at around midnight on Aug 15th over Texas. It took our breath away how vivid it was and you could see it break-up at it came falling down.

    1. In Austin, Texas, on Sunday, August 15 at 1 am Central time, 2 friends and I saw a huge fireball race across a large portion of the northern sky. It finally broke into 4 pieces and then shattered into thousands of pieces. It was way bigger and brighter than any meteorite I’d ever seen before. We were all stunned!

  13. I’ve seen two single meteors the last few days from my roof in Brooklyn, including one about 11 tonight (Tuesday 17 August). If you can see any single shooting star in New York City, you know the whole show must be strong!

  14. Morning of August 16, 2010 @2:30 a.m. in Richland WA
    I was awake and decided to go outside to see meteor showers. I looked to the south and saw brilliant stars and what I believe were planets. Then I backed up looking straight up and to the northern sky. Off to the right was a oval-shaped cluster of stars glowing in and out with brightness. It would seem to disappear then re-appear like sparkles getting bright and then receding. It really was a spectacular sight; so many millions upon millions of stars in the sky. Tonight, if I wake up, I’m thinking about bringing a blanket out and laying on it so I don’t break my neck!

  15. I spent this night in Malapascua a beautiful tiny Paradise island in the Philippines without being aware of this meteor shower I was swimming in the clear sea after midnight and managed to catch some awesome shooting stars. This is one of the most amazing experiences of my life and one I will remember forever! I went out the next night and saw a few too.

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