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Best viewing for Perseid meteor shower should be this weekend

11 Agosto 2017, 11:41 | Benedicto Grullon

Shaji Manshad Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

Shaji Manshad  Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

During a good Perseid shower under ideal conditions, the rate of meteors visible is about one meteor per minute.

There is going to be a meteor shower on 12th of August, 2017.

Last year's Preseids meteor shower event brought 250 spectators out to the observatory and the society expects the same number in attendance this year.

This coming weekend, 12-13 of August, is a great opportunity to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower because the light from the Moon will not disturb the view.

"But the good news is that the Perseids are rich in fireballs", said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke in

As it falls towards earth, resistance of the air on the rock makes it hot and air around it glows - which has led to them being known as shooting stars.

Unfortunately weather forecasts suggest that Saturday evening and Sunday morning may be cloudy in Southampton. The Perseid Shower is an annual occurrence from mid-July to August and amateur astronomers from the city are quite excited about it!

The Perseids may appear anywhere in the sky, but they will seem to originate from a point called the radiant in the constellation Perseus, which gives these "shooting stars" their name.

The meteor shower is caused by Earth passing through debris by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The head of the Astronomy Department at the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysics Research Ashraf Tadros told MENA that the meteor shower should be visible to the naked eye at night from anywhere in the world.

A Perseid meteor shower produces about 80 to 100 meteors per hour. Previous year an outburst of over 200 meteors per hour occurred, Cooke said.

"We hit that meteor debris trail every year about the same time", Stunder said.

A NASA photo of the Perseid shower in 2016 in West Virginia. An important note: looking at the sun during an eclipse - or any other time - will damage one's eyes.

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