Every August for about the last 2,000 years, the meteor shower Perseides has passed through the sky. The spectacle is linked to the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Here's how it works: as Earth passes through the comet's debris, the pieces burn in our planet's atmosphere to create a meteor shower. This year, the Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of Aug. 11 and run through the morning of Aug. 12 — with Perseid rates that can get as high as 100 per hour.
A camera mounted at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, will be capturing the meteor shower, and you can watch the live video feed below. During the day, you'll see a dark gray box, but when the camera turns on at dusk, you'll see white dots (stars) against a black background.
Hoping to learn more about the Perseid meteor shower? Visit the NASA website for a live "Up All Night" chat with astronomer Bill Cooke and his team. The experts will be available to answer questions about the meteor shower from Aug. 11 at 11 p.m. to Aug. 12 at 3 a.m. EDT.