The Perseid meteor shower is taking place during August of 2010 – and tonight is the peak for seeing the perseid meteors, or thefireworks in the sky. Â To educate the public and gain awareness about the science behind the annual event, NASA is hosting a live chat and streaming video. Â Users can tweet their questions to Bill Cooke, the scientist on duty. He will answer the inquiries as early as possible via NASA’s chat.
Those who live in cities should drive out to the country, where the view of the shower won’t be blocked by the city lights. Â For many this involves making tonight an early and unique date night.
As many as 90 to 100 meteors per hour can be expected, and in optimal viewing conditions about 40 per hour can be expected to be seen with the naked eye. Â In many areas you won’t need binoculars to see the show – which starts at 10:00 PM no matter where you are. Â Peak viewing occurs between 3 and 4 am. Dont forget about this year’s shower!