Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

13 August, 2018, 19:11 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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This year was set to be an incredible display, as the new moon left the sky darker than usual.

But no matter if the clouds or smoke clear, "you still need to get away from the light pollution of cities", Meteorologist M.J. McDermott said.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus. "It is really cool when you think about this as you see the these meteors falling from the sky", remarks Dr Quanzhi Ye, a planetary scientist based at California Institute of Technology, USA.

Ellis said you can expect to see 50-100 meteors per hour, "shooting stars". The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!




Temperatures can reach as high as 10,000F (5,537F) as meteors - most of which are no bigger than a grain of sand - travel across the sky at speeds of 36 miles a second. You can see both faint and bright meteors with the naked eye, making for easy viewing.

Meteor shower watching and meteor counting is typically a fun exercise for young kids as well as college students.

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

One of the three strongest meteor showers, Perseids will be visible all over India and seen throughout the night. NASA will be streaming a view from Huntsville, Ala. live on its MeteorWatch Facebook page.

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