Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

The Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir in Spain August 2017

Pull up a chair and enjoy this years edition of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

And this coming week we'll see what many astronomers consider the very best of all meteor showers - the Perseids.

He said spectators should be able to see 60-70 meteors an hour during the peak hours.

The peak of the meteor shower will be visible on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with the best light show to come before dawn on the 13th. But more importantly, unlike the last few years, this year's Perseids happen during a new moon. The best Perseid performance we know of occurred in 1993, when the peak rate topped 300 meteors per hour, Cooke said. The 16-mile-wide comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth. But Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind each year. But Cooke said the Perseids are rich in fireballs, so the show should be spectacular.

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The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at some 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant flash of light. The shower is caused by the Earth's atmosphere running into the comet debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, happening every August. The Northern Hemisphere down to the mid-southern latitudes are the best locations for viewing.

What special equipment do you need to view the shower? NASA recommends viewing the meteor shower from dark areas, such as the countryside of suburb area, so stay away from those city lights!

One of the most interesting and handsome things anyone can see in the night sky are meteors!

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