A meteor (L) streaks past stars in the night sky over El Torcal nature park reserve in the southern Spanish town of Antequera, near Malaga early August 12, 2012. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle. Picture taken using a long exposure. (Photo : REUTERS/Jon Nazca )
The Perseid meteor shower will also be viewable tonight, Sunday, August 13, into the first hours of Monday morning across the skies of North America.
Although the light show will be visible, weather permitting that is, the rates of meteors will be lower compared to Saturday at approximately 40 'shooting stars' per hour said NASA in an update on its website.
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NASA also said that the shower may be visible after 10 p.m. local time, but the best times to view the shower fall between midnight until dawn, local time.
Peak times for the shower on Sunday night fall between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
People from California to Colorado, to Ontario, Canada to even Europe and some parts of South America have been able to witness the show.
On Saturday, the meteor shower arrived at its peak at about 2:00 a.m. and viewers were able to witness some 60 to 100 meters per hour.
The meteors travel at about 37 miles per second and as they hit the Earth's atmosphere, it causes the light trail people see.
Light intensity of the meteors can vary.
Live Online Streaming
The live online streaming of the show may be made available tonight (NASA via UStream). Please check back at about 10 p.m. EDT.
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