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Perseids Meteor Shower Is Going To Be Active From August 17-26

Perseids shower

Perseids meteor shower peaks tonight

Perseids shower the best meteor shower going to be active from August 17. One of the biggest and best celestial light shows of the year as the Perseid meteor shower peaks over the UK. The best time to watch this Perseid shower is coming.

No special equipment is required to watch this shower; only the thing required is a clear sky as the meteors will be visible to the naked eyes.

Perseids shower

This amazing event needs a clear sky away from trees and tall buildings with a minimal amount of pollution and when the moon is not much bright.

Clear weather allowing your eyes to adjust to the dark sky and help you catch a glance. It was best viewed from areas in the Northern Hemisphere in pre-dawn hours.Β 

What causes a meteor shower?

Every year when the earth passes through a cloud of comet debris, the tiny piece of comets has been seen called Perseid. The Perseid is made up of tiny pieces of a comet called Swift-Tuttle.

The debris is a bit of ice and dust which varies in size and colour. Its size will be as small as a grain and large as big as a pea.

They come and hit the earth’s atmosphere and get burn which causes light to produce in the sky. This makes the eye-catching phenomenon in the sky.

Origin of Perseid shower

Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862 by Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, takes 133 years to complete one rotation around the sun. What exactly happened is first, the comet comes close to the sun, and they leave behind dust that made debris tail. As Earth orbits around the sun, it passes through it.

The Perseids meteor shower peaks every year in mid-August. It was first observed over 2,000 years ago.

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