Each August Brings Perseid Meteor Shower

12 Aug, 2020 09:33 IST|Sakshi Post

The Perseid meteor shower is termed as one of the best meteor showers of the year. It's early August, meaning the annual Perseid meteor shower is active, and now it's peak. The Perseids are one of the biggest, brightest sets of shooting stars.

All meteors associated with one specific shower have identical orbits. The meteors are called the Perseids because they all appear to be coming from the same location in the sky, called the radiant that lies in the constellation Perseus. The Geminid meteor shower seen every December is named for a radiant in the constellation Gemini.

Meteors are usually seen in the sky so there is no worry to look only in a particular direction. If it's not cloudy, choose a spot away from the bright lights and just look up! There is no need for any special equipment to view the Perseids.

Every year this famous shower comes around this time, when Earth drifts through a debris cloud left behind by the giant 109P or Swift-Tuttle comet. Some of the pieces of dust, stones, and other cosmic detritus crash into our atmosphere and then burns into brief and bright streaks; sometimes result in the occasional full-blown fireball shooting through the night sky.  According to website, In New York, the possible time to look at Perseids is by about 11 pm on Tuesday (August 11) at 12:08 am on Wednesday (August 12).

NASA took to its Twitter and tweeted as, "Watch the skies! Late tonight and early tomorrow morning is the peak time for viewing the Perseid meteor shower." Here are some of the tweets.

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