Perseids meteor shower to light up night sky

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Just in time for a lesson on solar systems, a meteor shower is expected to produce as many as 200 meteors every hour tonight.

The Perseids meteor shower is named after the Perseus constellation. It is active between July 13 and Aug. 26, according to NASA, but peaks between midnight on Aug. 11 and dawn on Aug. 12. The meteors are characteristically bright and fast, moving across the sky at 37 miles per hour, according to NASA.

Perseids will be especially spectacular this year because it will be an outburst, which means sky viewers will see twice as many meteors as other years.