The nice thing about being a Greek hero is that upon death the gods may place you in the sky as a constellation. That is what happened to the mythical Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and this is why residents will be able to see the Perseids meteor shower as it peaks tonight and tomorrow night. The meteor flashes seem to originate in the constellation.
Astronomers predict that this year the Earth will pass through a stream of cometary material shifted towards the Earth by Jupiter’s gravitational field, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.
That means the number of meteors will peak tonight and tomorrow, the society said. As many as 100 meteors or more may be seen each hour, it added.
Normally during late July and most of August there are only a few meteors an hour.