Starstruck: Perseid meteor shower returns to night sky

Comet Perseid Meteor Shower

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The peak of the Perseid meteor show happens Sunday, Aug. 12, the U.S. National Weather Service said.

As Reuters reports, they arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. It starts from July 18 and continues till August 25.

Meteor showers are nearly always linked to comets, which are giant balls of ice, rock, space dust, and gasses orbiting the sun.

The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus, the region of space where the meteors will streak radially away from.

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However, unlike last night, most areas in the county are due to have clear skies. "Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views".

Tiny particles burn up in earth's atmosphere, forming a "star rain". It takes 133 years to ellipse the Sun and this is the first year it has passed into the inner solar system since 1991.

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", he said.

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