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