Lunes, 21 Agosto, 2017

Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at an abandoned coal mine in the village Moscanica Bosnia and Herzegovina A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at an abandoned coal mine in the village Moscanica Bosnia and Herzegovina
Montez Delgado | 13 Agosto, 2017, 00:19

The first total eclipse of the sun in 99 years that will cover parts of the nation from the Pacific to Atlantic is on August 21, but for space buffs, tonight brings a different kind of awe. The Perseid Meteor Shower, which will see meteors streak through the night sky, will be active this weekend and present a dazzling sight for intrepid stargazers.

This biggest meteor shower of the year is going on this weekend, and Saturday night is the most optimal time to see it. The space agency stated that they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at an abandoned coal mine in the village Moscanica Bosnia and Herzegovina
A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at an abandoned coal mine in the village Moscanica Bosnia and Herzegovina

But while viewing meteors may be more hard this year, enterprising viewers who trek out to rural or suburban areas with less light pollution can still see some meteors.

The comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by the earth and has a nucleus width of about 26 km.

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But this year, the "poor visibility" could be because of the full moon. The Perseid meteor showers come from the Swift-Tuttle comet, which visits Earth about every 130 years and last appeared in 1992.

The meteor shower gets it's name due to the direction in which it comes from. In fact, the meteors which we see nearly certainly broke off from Swift-Tuttle during its 1862 visit and not the 1992 visit. His advice for best possible viewing?

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The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked at dawn Saturday morning, but with better atmospheric conditions, the best chance for us to see the show is tonight.

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