Stargazers are in for a deal with on Monday and Tuesday, when the annual Perseid meteor will attain its peak.
“The Perseid meteor bathe is usually thought-about to be top-of-the-line meteor showers of the yr on account of its excessive charges and nice late-summer temperatures,” defined NASA, in a weblog submit. “This yr’s bathe, nevertheless, has [the] unlucky circumstance of getting a full Moon proper on the bathe peak, lowering the meteor charges from over 60 per hour right down to 15-20 per hour.”
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The Perseid meteor bathe happens when items of the Swift-Tuttle comet hit Earth’s ambiance. Whereas lunar glare will affect the variety of meteors seen, NASA notes that the Perseids are “wealthy in shiny meteors and fireballs, so it is going to nonetheless be value going out within the early morning to catch a few of nature’s fireworks.”
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“On the night time of the height (August 12-13) you’ll solely have a scant couple of minutes of darkish sky between moon set and twilight – not a lot time to see Perseids,” stated the area company, in its weblog submit. “If these hours appear daunting, to not fear! You possibly can exit after darkish, round 9 p.m. native time, and see Perseids. Simply know that you just gained’t see practically as many as you’ll had you gone out through the early morning hours.”
Earth Sky additionally notes that glare from the brilliant near-full Moon will “drown” many meteors from view through the peak interval. The Perseid meteor bathe started round July 17, it stated, and can finish round 10 days after the height interval.
In Could, police in Australia captured gorgeous footage of a meteor lighting up the night time sky.
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A small chunk of an asteroid or comet is also referred to as a meteoroid. When it enters the Earth’s ambiance, it turns into a meteor or fireball or taking pictures star. The items of rock that hit the bottom, that are precious to collectors, are meteorites.
Final yr, a meteor made headlines when it flashed throughout the sky in Michigan. The blazing fireball despatched meteorite hunters scrambling to discover fragments of the uncommon area rock.
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Correction: This story has been corrected to replicate the variety of meteors per hour for the 2019 Perseid meteor bathe.
The Related Press contributed to this text. Comply with James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers