(Photo: Reuters/Denis Balibouse)
The Perseid meteor shower for August 2012 continues on Sunday night, and NASA has promised another spectacular display following Saturday night's shower. The shower can be seen from various places across the country but can also be watched online through live stream (details below).
This particular meteor shower takes place every year as the Earth passes through debris from an old comet, "Swift Tuttle." The perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular among star-gazers each year as it's during the summer and many love to sit outside and watch the amazing light show in the warm nights.
This year at its peak it was expected that there would be about 100 meteors per hour – which is about two every minute.
Sky-gazers are advised that the best time for the showers is early in the morning in the eastern sky. At about 2.30 a.m. ET will see the most intense period of the shower and should continue through to sunrise. Saturday night was also more intense but Sunday night should still see a fantastic show put on for those interested.
Of course it is advised to try and watch from a place as dark as possible to get the greatest affects, so people should try and get away from city lights and suburban areas if they want to see the show more clearly and spectacularly.
If you are planning to watch from your backyard then again make sure you turn off your home lights and try and let your eyes adjust to the dark by looking up into the dark sky for a few minutes.
This year has been identified as particularly interesting for sky-gazers as there will be other things to be seen in between the showers. Jupiter, Venus, and the crescent moon join together as the Perseids reach their peak. In addition, the red giant star named Alderbaran should also be visible to those able to identify it.
Just before Monday morning, the smaller crescent moon will be closer to Venus and Jupiter, possibly making for a spectacular view.
The meteor shower can be seen from various places across the country but can also be watched online through live stream by clicking HERE.
Here is a video of the Perseid Meteor Shower: