The most powerful and the brightest meteor shower is about to take place. You do not want to miss it! It is coming in a few days!
A meteor shower represents a celestial phenomenon in which the radiation of meteors in the night sky is kept under an observation.
The Swift-Tuttle Comet is the largest object that passes by Earth. It last passed by Earth in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126. However, it will not be forgotten for the time being, because Earth passes by the debris and waste it leaves every year, creating the Perseid meteor shower. Meteoroids, which are streams of cosmic waste, enter the Earth’s atmosphere on parallel trajectory at a speed of 37 miles per second and create these meteors.
They are smaller than a size of a grain of sand, so nearly all of the meteors break apart and never hit the Earth again.
The meteor shower is about to happen on 12th of August, 2017. However, according to the astronomers, it is not a typical meteor shower. It will be the brightest meteor shower in the entire history. Not only the meteors will light up the night sky, but also some of them may be visible during the day.
Get ready if you do not want to miss it. The next meteor shower will happen after 96 years.
The brightest meteor shower, named as the Perseid Meteor shower after the Perseus constellation, takes place every year from 17th of July – 24th of August. Moreover, it peak will be more noticeable from 9th – 13th of August. Bill Cooke, a NASA meteor expert, the Perseids rate can be from 40 – 50 meteors per hour.
It is clear that the Perseid meteor shower, like the other meteor showers, is best to observe when the night sky is the darkest. Based on the course of the Moon’s phase, astronomers think that the best time to observe this meteor shower is just before dawn.
WHERE THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER CAN BE SEEN?
You can see the Perseid meteor shower in the Northern Hemisphere. Observe the zenith, the point in the sky right above your head, and the radiant, the north-east point in the sky.
By looking directly up, you can see a shooting star with a naked eye, whereas the Time and Date table shows the precise direction of the Perseid meteor shower from you location.
HOW TO WATCH METEOR SHOWERS?
• Check out the weather: shooting stars and meteors are easy to notice. All you need is a clear sky.
• Get out of town: Observe the meteor shower in a place far away from artificial lights.