Weather: Good weather for the Perseid meteor shower

The newly released Perseid video shows meteors captured from July 26 through today by NASA's All Sky Fireball Network, a system of 15 cameras scattered throughout the country.

This NASA photo shows a 30 second exposure meteor as it streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower, August 12, 2016, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

When Earth crosses paths with Swift-Tuttle's debris, specks of comet dust hit Earth's atmosphere and become flashes of light. Find the darkest sky you can, away from city lights and make yourself comfortable.

Each August as the Earth's annual orbit takes it through the remains of the comet Swift-Tuttle/109P, we are treated to a dramatic show of meteors streaking through the sky called the Perseids. Perseid meteors travel at the blistering speed of 132,000 miles per hour (59 kilometers per second) - that's 500 times faster than the fastest auto in the world.

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This is up from a typical Perseid Meteor Shower, which usually only produces between 50 and 100 meteors every hour. To get the best views, watchers will want to get a spot somewhere particularly dark and less polluted like in the suburbs or countryside. If possible lie on your back and look straight up.

Clouds tonight may obscure the display in parts of the ArkLaTex.

"A meteor is actually caused by just a tiny little sand-sized grain of rock that is actually being incinerated in the earth's atmosphere because it is traveling so fast", he said. This composite of Perseid meteors was shot from Huntsville, Alabama, during the shower's 2011 peak.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks August 11 and 12. Most years, Earth grazes the edge of the debris stream, but this year, Jupiter's gravity dragged the stream closer to us, meaning the Earth passed through closer to the center. The best times to look are after midnight until close to dawn.

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