Live Stream: Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Lights Up The Sky

Written by Rob Soto on Aug. 13, 2011

The Perseid meteor shower, which is considered by many astronomers to be the most well-known meteor showers, peaked Friday night and into the early Saturday morning. A live stream, which can be viewed below, was put together by NASA through UStream.tv for those that were unable to view the meteor shower in their area.

The annual event takes place as the Earth passes through a stream of dust particles and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, according to an article from Space.com.

According to astronomers, the best time that be able to view the the meteors is when the sky is dark, which helps to eliminate city light pollution. In the worst case scenario, the glare of the moon may mean that certain meteors can go unnoticed, but most of the fast, bright meteors can be visible even when the moonlight is bright.

View the live stream below, courtesy of NASA.gov:


  • Proofreader

    Astrologists??? An astrologist is a person who claims to predict the future, based on the positions of celestial bodies. Did you mean “astronomer”? An astronomer is a scientist who studies objects and events in the universe.

  • CWoz

    Considered by “astrologists”? Who cares what astrologists think? It’s “astronomers” who know things.