That's Hot! Fiery Meteor Shower Last Night

Last night's meteor shower was the best in years

By Kristin Nehls
|  Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009  |  Updated 1:55 PM CDT
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More than 100 meteors per hour streaked across the sky last night as the Earth passed through the dust trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, according to the Adler Planetarium.

Discovered 147 years ago, the Swift-Tuttle comet is a giant iceberg of ice, rock and dust particles. Those dust particles -- a.k.a. meteoroids -- have slowly cracked off from the comet over the years, forming a trail of debris that Earth’s orbit intersects about once a year.

The shooting starts reached their peak last night from 2:00 am to dawn, and although the best viewing has passed, you can still catch a glimpse of the meteors in the coming days, if weather permits.

If you want to try and sneak a peak, open dark fields away from city lights are the best places to go.

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