Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Will Fill The Skies This Weekend

What is essentially falling rock appears to us earthlings as lovely, bright streaks of light zooming through the sky. Hence, they rarely reach the Earth and when they do, it is only small parts that no one realizes, Sheikh Salman said. Meteors will originate from the same point in the sky.

This swirling ball of ice and dust-remnants from when our universe formed-was discovered in 1862 and forever changed how we thought about the streaks of light that zip across the sky."This is one of the first comets that really convinced people that there was a direct link between certain comets and meteor showers", James Zimbelman, a planetary geologist with the National Air and Space Museum, told Smithsonian.com a year ago.

That means you will see the greatest number of meteors in the shortest amount of time tonight and Saturday night. The light from the moon will drown the visibility of the fireballs from these meteors.

Mosby will take hundreds of shots over a few-hour period to make sure he captures the meteors. Just imagine, 24 hours of daylight on August 12, which will also see a remarkable celestial event of Perseid Meteor Shower 2017.

"The real trick is keeping your eyes glued to the sky", Berman said.

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Lay on a reclining chair or lounger, or just put a blanket on the floor.

Unfortunately, the moon will be very bright, at 78% full, which could wash out some of the fainter meteors.

"Then after that if it's clear enough we'll have the big scope open so people can take a look", Stunder said. It is made up of dust, gases and billions of stars. Humans have recorded seeing the Perseid meteors fall annually in August for almost 2,000 years. This orbital laboratory is the size of a football pitch, travels at 1,7500 mph and is around 200 miles up! A light jacket or blanket could be ideal since temperatures are expected to cool to the upper 60s from 9 p.m.to midnight, depending on how cozy you want to be when relaxing and enjoying the meteor shower.

"It is the most reliable and watchable of all the showers". For the Perseids, thank Comet Swift-Tuttle - periodic comet 109P, discovered during the Civil War. But the rate of meteor showers will remain strong after the peak, on Saturday night into Sunday.

"Look a bit away from the radiant to see the longer trails".


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