Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

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Some years we aren't as lucky because the peak is during a full moon, and the moonlight drowns out the show. The club will have telescopes for people to view different stars and even view some of the meteors before the peak. Be sure to check your local weather forecast.

The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for their long, streaking tails. The Perseids started in July 17 and will continue up to 24th August 2018.

The Perseid meteor shower is said to be the best of the year, often bringing well over 50 shooting stars per hour in the northern sky.

The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show. "You'll want to look northeast". Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

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While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

Why does a meteor shower occur?

The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the night progresses.

The Perseids are a result of the Earth's orbit, when it travels through the cloud of debris caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Earth will pass through the densest part of the comet's trail on August 12th, meaning more meteors will be present during this event. "During a meteor shower the Earth collides with that debris and very small pieces burn up in the upper atmosphere creating the show".

"Comets are spectacular and handsome and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit". The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise.

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