Green Lights Captured Shooting Across The Sky During Meteor Shower

Cesar Mills
August 13, 2018

"If it's clear, we should be able to see quite a few".

Tiny pieces of debris that are around the size of sand grains hit the earth's atmosphere at around 132,000 miles per hour, causing a fantastical meteor shower each year. And if you thought the video above looked attractive, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. An average 60 meteors per hour are expected to streak across the sky, a spectacle that will be enhanced this year by a darkened crescent moon. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

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Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop. There is also a parade of planets visible!

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

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