EUGENE, Ore. -- The Perseid Meteor Shower will peak this week, giving stargazers a dazzling sight in the sky for at least three consecutive nights.
The annual meteor shower will peak August 11 to 13 with up to 60 meteors per hour, however, the moon tonight will rise just after midnight, which may reduce the total number of visible meteors.
The best time to view the shower will be between 2 and 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday morning.
Here in western Oregon, clouds will increase after midnight making for difficult viewing tonight, but clear skies are expected Wednesday night.
These fireballs are caused from the earth passing through a debris cloud of rock left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle, a 16-mile wide comet that orbits the sun every 133 years. These meteors burn up as they encounter the earths atmosphere, creating streaks of fire in the sky.