“The best meteor shower of the year” is just getting warmed up as the Perseids build toward a mid-August peak.
By Amanda Kooser, July 14, 2021 8:53 a.m. PT
One of the best shows in the solar system is kicking into gear as the annual Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky for 2021.
We can thank large comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle for the little pieces of space debris that hit Earth’s atmosphere and turn into the distinctive “shooting stars” of the meteor shower.
According to NASA, the Perseids will be active from July 14 through Aug. 24 with the peak coming in mid-August. The space agency says it’s “considered the best meteor shower of the year.”