Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

Perseid meteor shower comet hit earth dinosaurs REUTERS WIPEOUT A gravitational nudge could result in it plunging towards Earth
Sandy Nunez | 13 August, 2018, 04:43

Perseid peaks on a Moonless summer night from 4 p.m. EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday). "If it's clear, we should be able to see quite a few".

Associate Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UOIT Dr. Rupinder Brar says the annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible Saturday night, early Sunday morning and Sunday night.

"The Perseids have been observed for around 2000 years, and are the result of Earth passing through a cloud of dust left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle".

The space agency said the meteors are best seen in the pre-dawn hours around 2am local time when the Perseids are most intense.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

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Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an worldwide group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca. Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

And it's expected to be the last time that this specific meteor will be seen until 2026. Perseids are one of the more interesting meteor showers.