This shower peaks in mid-August, when Earth intersects the dust cloud left by comet Swift-Tuttle.

Perseid meteor shower

On Earth, meteors are called "shooting stars" because they are brief streaks of light that rarely occur. In space, meteoroids look much different, manifesting as streams or clouds of debris.

This visualization shows what meteor showers look like from space: beautiful bands of rock and dust that stretch across our entire solar system, and in some cases far beyond. With accurate orbital dynamics, you can explore as Earth passes through various meteor showers throughout the year.

Where do meteor showers come from?
Meteoroids are space debris, remnants of the tails of comets or collisions between large asteroids.

How can I see a meteor shower?
There are many major meteor showers every year. This visualization shows most of them. Find out when the next meteor shower is by looking at the meteor shower menu. Then, Google for the shower or check out the American Meteor Society website to find out what you can do to maximize your chances of seeing a meteor.


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