Perseid Meteor Shower To Dazzle Metro Vancouver With Astral Display

A meteor shower should take place over Luxembourg on Saturday evening
A meteor shower should take place over Luxembourg on Saturday evening
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10 August, 2017

While the time for viewing meteors runs from mid-July through until the end of August, August 12th is the very peak of the season.

Everyone's so excited about the solar eclipse that they nearly forgot about the Perseids, a wonderful annual celestial event which will take place starting on 11 August and ending on 13 August, having a peak on 12 August. While the largest meteors of Perseid - fireballs - entered the Earth's atmosphere, can be seen not only at night but during the day.

We see meteors flash in the night sky when the meteoroids from the debris stream hit the top of Earth's atmosphere, travelling at incredible speeds - over 200,000 km/h (124,274 mph).

Swift-Tuttle itself is a periodic comet with an orbital period of 133 years.

As for the Perseid meteor shower per se, they pose no direct threats to people back on Earth. Unfortunately, the light reflecting off the moon will make it more hard to see the streaking meteors. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

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While this year's Perseid meteor shower is expected to give a stronger showing than usual, there's one thing working against us - the Moon.

The weekend will be showered with 150 meteors per hour, so imagine how many will be lighting the sky in 3 nights! The moon will rise just before midnight local time. "Looking outside, you would see something like 20 to 30 meteors per second", he wrote.

The particles - which can be as small as a grain of sand - meet a fiery end after roughly a thousand years, as part of the comet's dust cloud.

Its name comes from the point at which the meteors appear to come from - its radiant - in the constellation of Perseus. Instead, bring along a blanket or a lawn chair, so you can sit or lie down, and look straight up in to the night sky. "The darker location you can get to, the better, but regardless, the moon is going to block out some of the fainter ones".


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