Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

How to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower this August

How to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower this August

The shower occurs between July 17 and August 20 each year.

There were handsome scenes in the sky last night, as hundreds of shooting stars rained down in the Perseid meteor shower.

However, the meteor shower was visible in some part of the world.

The Perseid meteors are the debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which enters Earth's atmosphere every mid-August, according to Scientific American. Best thing to do is try and stay up late till midnight or even later, as that will give you the best shot to catch the meteors.

To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night.

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky. Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 26km wide. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", Scagell said. In general, the Perseid meteor showers have 80 meteors an hour.

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When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

Kim Harris from Haywards Heath also tweeted to say she saw two meteors in the space of 10 minutes last night.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often spectacular".

"You could feel the excitement build as many people from across the United Kingdom started to see bright meteors and fireballs early on in the evening".

Although there are many meteorological events throughout the year, the Perseids is the most prolific.

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