LIVE: 2016 Perseid meteor shower
MANILA, Philippines – The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to kick into high gear Thursday, August 11 (early Friday, August 12 in Manila), with a rare celestial "outburst."
Normally, the Perseids regale Earthlings with a show of about 100 to 120 shooting stars per hour, but on Thursday, there will be more than double the usual fireball activity associated with the meteor shower.
The Perseids happen when Earth hits a wide belt of debris left behind by the comet Tuttle-Swift on its elongated, 133-year orbit around the Sun.
The next mega-outburst of the Perseids is predicted to occur on August 12, 2028, and will feature the dust trail produced by the comet during its 1479 perihelion passage – so better watch the show now, with the livestream courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory.
In the Philippines, the Perseids will be most visible during the late evening and early morning hours of Friday and Saturday, August 13, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). In case you miss it, we'll bring you the meteor shower live.
The livestream – featuring live footage from different locations over a 4-hour period – will start at 8 am on Friday, Manila time (GMT+8).
Bookmark this page for updates. You can also go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh's telescopes. – With Agence France-Presse / Rappler.com