Are you stoked about watching the Perseid meteor shower over the next couple nights? I am, so I was poking around to try to find some online resources and perhaps a live video feed. Sadly for NewTeeVeesters who’d rather experience the world from the comfort of an indoor screen, there’s no planned live stream of the meteor shower — as far as I’ve found. But there will likely be many a UGC clip on YouTube later this week and maybe even an impromptu live broadcast. To get in on the action your best bet is to cuddle up on a dark hilltop, roof or field in the Northern Hemisphere and watch some shooting stars come fast and furious in person.
The annual Perseid meteor shower happens when the stream of debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle hits the earth’s atmosphere, with so-called “falling stars” appearing to originate from the constellation Perseus. The high point of this year’s event is supposed to be at 18:00 GMT on August 12 (which is 11 a.m. PT, so if you’re like us, you’ll have to split the difference and go Tuesday or Wednesday night when it’s dark). Forecasts call for as many as 200 meteors per hour. Here’s a volunteer-based collaborative astronomy site recording this year’s sightings. It looks like NASA did post a weather-ballon webcast of the shower in 1999, but the hosting site — perseidslive.com — is no longer online. But it’s probably worth giving the various live-streaming sites a check sometime tomorrow to see if you can tune in to a user broadcast of the peak show.