The Perseid meteor shower makes a tremendous display in mid-August each year. Who would think that watching dust and rocks hit the mesosphere could be so magical. The aurora also comes from the mesosphere.
Amazing But True!
- Meteors frequently burn up in the mesosphere. One is visible every few hours.
- The Perseid meteor shower produces the most fireballs of any meteor shower.
- Fireballs are very bright meteors, as bright as a bright planet.
- The Perseids happens every year in mid-August.
Show What You Know
With the links below, learn more about the Perseids. Then answer the following questions.
- Science at NASA, Perseid Fireballs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO83KP54YXs
- Science Channel, Comets and Meteor Showers (video) (watch to 1:16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCKtcJd4AJA
- Why does a comet produce a trail of dust and gas?
- What is the cause of a meteor shower?
- Why do meteors burn in the mesosphere?
- Why is the Perseid meteor shower the one with the most fireballs?
- If you wanted to view the most fireballs during the Perseid meteor shower, where would you go and when would you look?