Meteor Shower Puts on a Show for Moore County

Perseids meteor shower photo captured around 9:50pm Tuesday August 11, 2020 - Credit: R. Brady

Last Updated on December 5, 2020 – 1:43 PM CST

It was a beautiful Moore County night on Tuesday with clear skies and a slight breeze. If you stayed up late and watched the northeast sky you could see an amazing meteor shower.

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

If you missed the show on Tuesday night you might still be able to catch a glimpse on Wednesday. The website has a good tracker you can use. The image below shows the area to watch around midnight. You can visit their website to find out where to look at different times.

Chart showing the area to watch on Wednesday August 12, 2020 – Source: