The Perseid meteor shower is almost here, meaning that it's nearly time to head outside and lift your eyes toward the heavens, where you can gaze upon hundreds of shooting stars lighting up the night sky.
"The average particle size is that of large sand grain but some small pea gravel-size meteors can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground", he continued.
The Perseid meteors are leftover debris from the "Swift-Tuttle" comet.
"Comets are spectacular and handsome and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".
The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north-eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point. This year, the Perseids will peak at 50-70 meteors per hour. In the evening, starting around 10 p.m., you'll see fewer meteors, but those that do appear will be longer-lasting and tend to have longer tails.
The Perseids meteor shower occurs around mid-August.
If you want to catch the Perseids in all their glory, a drive to the darkest place near your home should suffice.
She recommends anywhere it's dark, outside the city, for the best views. But the best time to watch the shower is in the pre-dawn hours of 3-5 a.m. when the moon has set and Perseus is high in the sky.
The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. The best time to view this event is after midnight and before sunrise both Saturday and Sunday nights.
Meteors streak across the night sky during the Orionid meteor shower on October 23, 2016.
Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed (Photo: Shutterstock)How regular will the meteors be?