Massive Perseid meteor shower lights up night sky

14 August, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
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It's just mere hours until the Perseid meteor shower lights up the Saturday night sky.

The clouds cleared across many areas of the United Kingdom to give astronomy fans a glimpse of the stunning shower, and the stunning spectacle was also visible across Europe.

Yorkshire had some of the best vantage pointsPerseid meteor shower seen over Normanton, West Yorkshire. Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 26km wide.

The stunning perseid showers fall every year between July and AugustWhat is the Perseid meteor shower?

"This year the moon will drown out the faint stars so instead of seeing one or two shooting stars every minute, you might only see half of this". Peak viewing will be Saturday night through early Sunday morning.

The meteors are small fragments of interplanetary debris and dust that enter the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed which results in them burning up and causing a shooting stream of light.

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"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular", said Mr Scagell.

August is a big month for stargazers and astronomy fans, but this weekend's meteor shower may leave a little bit to be desired.

Many scientists regard this as one of the most exciting astronomical occurrences of the year as around 80 meteors fall per hour.

Not only will a waning gibbous moon be rising in the region of the Perseid radiant, but the meteors will visible for longer when viewed streaking away from their point of origin.

As they burn up they can appear green, white and orange.

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