Twinkle, Twinkle, Shooting Star : Short Wave Ahead of the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, we're re-airing our first episode with Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber. In it, Regina and planetary scientist Melissa Rice explore all things shooting star. They talk about the different types, where they come from and what they actually are (hint: not stars).

Learn more about viewing the Persieds in the next few days here: Get ready to look up in the night sky at all those meteor showers.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Shooting Star

Twinkle, Twinkle, Shooting Star

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In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) NASA/Bill Ingalls/(NASA/Bill Ingalls) hide caption

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In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Ahead of the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, we're re-airing our first episode with Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber. In it, Regina and planetary scientist Melissa Rice explore all things shooting star. They talk about the different types, where they come from and what they actually are (hint: not stars).

Learn more about viewing the Perseids, which will peak Aug. 13: Get ready to look up in the night sky at all those meteor showers.

This episode was produced and edited by Rebecca Ramirez and Gisele Grayson. It was fact-checked by Katherine Sypher. Brian Jarboe and Gilly Moon were the audio engineers.