Perseids Were Up There – But Not as Many as Predicted
The skies were dark, with only a little haze, but the meteors were hard to see. And, it seemed like there weren't very many in the annual Perseids meteor shower.
Astronomers had predicted that when the Earth crossed the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle this year, there would be about 200 meteors per hour this week. Observers here in the Bitterroot Valley that we've contacted did not see that many.
There were a few very dim streaks, and only a few bright trails - one is pictured above. Predicting meteor showers is much like the weather, it seems. Pert science-part guessing game.
The stars were pretty, though.