Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Meteor Shower Tonight - Watch the skies

Every year in early August, we can observe the Perseid meteor shower ("the Perseids"). And it's a fascinating sky event.

Every year in August, the Earth passes through rock and dust fragments left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, last time it came near the Sun. As these small particles collide with the Earth's atmosphere, they burn-up, often creating a startling streak of light across the sky.

You can easily observe this and it can be a wonderous spectacle.

Click here to read BBC's article on the subject. And click here to know more about Perseids. And NASA's take.

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2 comments:

  1. Do you know at what time exactly? Is it between 00:00 and 6:00 on the 12th or 00:00 and 6:00 on the 13th? Where can you watch this from any idea?

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  2. It's on 12 August at night (tonight). I think it will appear in all part of the skies, of course some places better than others because of the moon's light. I would recommend going up high in the mountains, away from the city lights and avoiding light pollution.

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