Update for Thursday, Aug. 13: NASA's webcast of the Perseid meteor shower peak has concluded. Space.com readers are sending in photos of the Perseids. You can see those amazing meteor photos here: Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Photos of 2015
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every August when the Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, a comet that orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Perseids have been observed by humans for at least 2,000 years, according to NASA officials. The meteors are made up of ice and dust shed by Swift-Tuttle, most of which was cast off by the comet hundreds of years ago.
The best time to observe the Perseids will be in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, Aug. 13. "The Perseids streak across the sky from many directions, with theoretical rates as high as 100 per hour. The last time the Perseids peak coincided with a new moon was in 2007, making this one of the best potential viewings in years," NASA officials wrote in a statement.
"Special guests on the live NASA TV broadcast include meteor experts Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw, all of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, located at Marshall. They will provide on-air commentary, as well as answer questions online. Also scheduled to join the broadcast are experts from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, the American Meteor Society and others."
Editor's note: If you snap a great photo of the Perseid meteor shower and want to share it for a possible story or gallery, send images and comments in to managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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