The Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend, and you can watch the meteors (shooting stars) in all their glory, streaming live, online. The excitement surrounding the Perseids mounts each year, as the summer astronomical event will reach its pinnacle on August 12, 2017. You can watch the Perseid meteor shower streaming live online via the Virtual Telescope Project in the video player below. Gianluca Masi, an Italian astrophysicist hosts the stream. It will air live on Sat. August 12, at p.m. ET.
The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event that occurs as a result of earth passing through the debris left from the Swift-Tuttle comet. It is often considered a star-gazer’s’ dream due the ability to see approximately 100 shooting stars per hour. This year, however; the moon is three-fourths full and may hinder visibility.
Those who watch the Perseids have a good chance at seeing many meteors as the shower is known for its speed. For those who don’t want to brave the outdoors and want to see the Perseids through the lens of professional astronomers, watching online is a great choice. If you don’t want to watch the live stream that begins at 4 p.m. ET, or stay up late you can watch the full video on demand after it completes.
Watch the Perseids meter shower for August 2017 in the live streaming video below.
UPDATE: It’s August 13, and the peak of the Perseids has passed. You can watch a time lapse from last night’s meteor shower below.
[Featured Image by NASA/Bill Ingalls]