It's going to shower meteors August 12

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 12, 2017

The Perseid meteor shower is poised to reach its peak this weekend (12/13 August), giving stargazers a chance to get a rare glimpse of a spectacular night-time display. But it will not be forgotten because the earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, creating the annual perseid meteor shower.

Perseids are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle and often create the most awesome meteor shower of the year. Some of the larger parts will actually explode into fireballs, which Arkos said happens quite often during this particular meteor shower. Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly.

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday. You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors".

The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

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.

Though the sky will light up with meteors, Arkos said eager watchers shouldn't expect a constant light show. At certain times they could be close together and at others seem to disappear.

The first total eclipse of the sun in 99 years that will cover parts of the nation from the Pacific to Atlantic is on August 21, but for space buffs, tonight brings a different kind of awe.

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