Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky

Cesar Mills
August 13, 2017

This shower is a yearly occurrence, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, we get an action-packed show of space dust.

The meteors, mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up as they hit the atmosphere at 58 kilometres (36 miles) per second to produce a shooting stream of light in the sky. It last passed near Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126. The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant streak of light.

In the night from 12 to 13 August, the Ukrainians will be able to admire one of the most spectacular stargazing - will be the Perseid meteor shower. The moonlight will make a lot of the dimmer meteors invisible, which will lower the overall count.

Interested viewers should find a dark, flat area where they can have a good view of the sky and be prepared to wait.

Astronomers says hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a display that may be visible around the world.

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But while viewing meteors may be more hard this year, enterprising viewers who trek out to rural or suburban areas with less light pollution can still see some meteors. The meteors will originate in the northeastern sky near the constellation Perseus (thus their name).

Following the full moon from August 7, a rather bright waning gibbous on Saturday night could affect your ability to see the shower, impacting the visibility of about half the meteors. You will also want to be patient.

"You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", he said.

You're in luck if you live in the northern hemisphere or above mid-southern latitudes, because you'll have the clearest view of the shower on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

In Monroe County, the Florida Keys Astronomy Club is heading to Long Key State Park, mile marker 67.4 oceanside, to view the Perseids. The space agency stated that they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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