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Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Aug. 11-13

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak Aug. 11-13”

The Perseid meteor shower will be lighting up the night sky once again on the night of August 12th and 13th.

The meteor shower was at its peak last night, but activity in the night sky will continue until August 24.

"...[T] he Perseids are rich in bright meteors and fireballs, so it will still be worth going out in the early morning to catch some of nature's fireworks", NASA.

As mentioned above, the further north you are, the better your chances of seeing a meteor will be.

"Learn more about this year's Perseid meteor shower, set to reach its peak next Monday night". NASA reports the Perseids are best seen between about 2 a.m. and dawn. The debris is left behind the comet and creates a giant oval that extends from beyond Pluto to around the sun.

As the comet swings around the Sun every 133 years, bits and pieces of rock and dust break off under the Sun's intense heat.

"With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long "wakes" of light and colour behind them as they streak through Earth's atmosphere".

Despite the lunar interference, the shower will still be surprisingly visible across the world given the moon's relatively low position in the southern sky due to the Earth's tilt. The added moonlight will serve to drown numerous meteors during the overnight hours into the wee hours of Wednesday.



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