FACT CHECK: brightest meteor shower approaching

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 8, 2017

Have you seen on social media that the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history is coming up? If you have, it's not true. According to meteor expert Bill Cooke (who, incidentally, is on NASA's payroll), it's the most popular meteor shower of the year.

THE FACTS: The Perseid meteor shower, peaking the nights of August 11-12, won't come close to setting any records. The brightest outburst - an estimated 100,000 meteors an hour - occurred during the Leonids of 1833. What is essentially falling rock appears to us earthlings as handsome, bright streaks of light zooming through the sky. The general rule when it comes to selecting your viewing spot is the darker, the better, so eagle-eyed stargazers should aim to venture away from the light pollution of towns and cities.

In the night from 12th to 13th August is expected to peak "stargazing" - the passage of the Earth through a meteor stream Perseids.

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