Another Chance To See The Perseid Meteor Shower

Doug Carpenter
August 15, 2018

In the night from 12th to 13th of August on Earth it was possible to observe one of the brightest shooting stars of the year - the Perseid meteor shower.

"It peaks Monday but you still have a few more days to look in all directions", according to CBS 2 meteorologist Robb Ellis.

And if you do decide to stay up to watch the meteor shower we should have flawless viewing conditions with mostly clear skies and a new moon. The peak actually occurs late tomorrow night, with the possibility of over 50s meteors and hour. This comet is the largest known of its kind to repeatedly pass by earth. The meteoroid vaporises and turns into a meteor. Meteors are made of dust and ice. So, how can you catch a glimpse of this natural light show?

The meteor shower was best viewed on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

The Perseids are so called because the point from which they appear to originate lies in the constellation Perseus. However, the meteor showers will technically be visible all through the month. Majority burn so hot that they disintegrate as they enter Earth's atmosphere.

The next meteor shower that has the name Dracona, can be seen from 8 to 10 October.

Comet: A comet is a relatively small body that orbits the sun.

"All of these meteor showers are the Earth passing through the debris left behind by a comet earlier", said Roy Gal, associate astronomer with the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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