Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend

11 August, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Chad Warren
  • This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is set to reach its peak in India on the nights of August 12 and August 13. If you're surrounded by street lights, the meteors you would normally have been able to see "you can't because the sky is so filled with light".

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere.

One of the year's most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

This year, the peak of the shower should be out of this world.

Heavy rains, landslides kill 25 in India
Following which the District Collector has imposed a ban on heavy goods vehicles in Idukki till situation get better in the state. An alert has been issued to people living in the downstream areas and on the banks of Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers.

Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet. The timing of this shower actually falls in line with a new moon, which will also allow more meteors to be visible. From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other.

The Wye Marsh Wildife Centre on Hwy 12 in Midland is hosting a Perseid Meteor Viewing Event. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.

This year, Europe and North America will have the best views.

But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks.

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