Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower

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Cary Marshall | 13 August, 2018, 00:43

The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every August, and are best viewed in the northern hemisphere in isolated areas where there is little light pollution.

The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night. And if you thought the video above looked handsome, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

They arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. "Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning". But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

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The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

"This year the moon is young and will not obstruct the vision, so we will be able to see 100 "shooting stars" an hour", Muhamed Muminovic, a member of the Sarajevo Orion astrological society, told Reuters. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. While visibility will be better in the countryside, the meteor shower will also be observable from towns and cities. Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground.

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