Meteor shower to light up Long Island skies

Long Islanders looking toward the sky tonight are expected to be treated to the year's best meteor shower. The Perseids meteor shower should be visible

Astronomers says the debris is about the size of a grain of sand, and leaves a streak of light as it burns up while traveling through the Earth's atmosphere.

Astronomers says the debris is about the size of a grain of sand, and leaves a streak of light as it burns up while traveling through the Earth's atmosphere. (8/12/15)

KINGS PARK - Long Islanders looking toward the sky tonight are expected to be treated to the year's best meteor shower.

The Perseids meteor shower should be visible after 11 p.m. and last into the early morning hours.

Lorraine Vernola, an astronomer with the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, says a meteor shower is "debris left over from the comet Swift-Tuttle."

She says the debris is about the size of a grain of sand, and leaves a streak of light as it burns up while traveling through the Earth's atmosphere.

Some ideal locations to watch the shower include Jones Beach, Montauk Point and Sunken Meadow state parks.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau and Suffolk Police are intensifying patrols at 1 Stepped up patrols at places of worship after JCC threats
Big Daddy's in Massapequa has a celebration ready 2 LI Winter: Mardi Gras at Big Daddy's
3 Farmingdale State men's basketball headed to NCAA tourney
4 Tebow begins MLB dream in Mets spring training
The controversial Islandia casino opened for business Monday. 5 Jakes 58 casino opens in Islandia

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE