Check back regularly for more details and resources on the meteor shower and meteors in general.
- Perseid Fireballs from NASA Science News
- Everything you need to know about the Perseid Meteor Shower
- Perseid meteor shower set to put on a great show from Astronomy.com
- Wishing on a meteorite Astronomy for kids
Fun facts about Meteors
- Scientists use meteors to study the origins of the solar system.
- A meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet or asteroid. The Perseid meteor shower is caused by the debris field of the Swift- Tuttle comet.
- Meteors can travel up to 160,000 miles per hour when they enter Earth's atmosphere
- The Earth’s atmosphere experiences millions of meteors every day. A meteoroid is a small rock or particle of debris in our solar system. They range in size from dust to around 33 feet in diameter.
- Around 500 meteorites reach the Earth’s surface every year but of those only around 5 ever make it to scientists for study.
- In 1833, during the Leonid meteor shower, a meteor storm occurred. 10,000 meteor's per hour were reported. 10-15 meteors were sighted per second.
- When a meteoroid enters the atmosphere it creates a meteor, and whats left of the meteor, if anything, falls to the earth and is called a meteorite.
- Meteors are sometimes observed with red, yellow or green trails. The colors are caused by the ionization of molecules - like oxygen which appears to be green.