Meteor shower to light up skies this weekend

Kerry GarnerAug 10, 2017

Whether you're on NASA's payroll or a total layman, the Perseid meteor shower is not to be missed.

That is, unless it's like previous year, when the meteor shower produced an abnormally high number of shooting stars.

The people of Ukraine and all countries of the Northern hemisphere can observe the Perseid meteor shower during the period from 17 July to 24 August.

Alternatively, a live broadcast of the shower will be shown via the Slooh website on August 12 from 8 p.m. These meteors are actually specks of rock that have broken off Comet Swift-Tuttle and continued to orbit the Sun until they vaporize in Earth's atmosphere.

Weather permitting, an eye to the sky in the predawn hours will catch one of the brightest meteor showers that passes through the Earth's atmosphere.

The Perseids, active every August, are made up of pieces of space debris that originate from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The moon will rise just before midnight local time.

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While scientists warn that the observation of meteoric precipitation can prevent the light of the moon.

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. "Looking outside, you would see something like 20 to 30 meteors per second", he wrote. The best thing to do is to go outside on the evenings before or after the peak on August 12, give your eyes about 45 minutes to adjust to the darkness, lie down, and look straight up into the sky.

You can tell if a meteor belongs to a particular shower by tracing back its path to see if it originates near a specific point in the sky, called the radiant. Also, keep bright sources of light (the Moon included) out of your direct field of view.

Bear in mind that areas without urban light pollution, such as the countryside, are the most optimal for clear dark skies.

Make sure the place you to opt to view the display is as dark as possible.

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