Friday, 17 August, 2018

More than 100 shooting stars expected in weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak

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Kristen Harrington | 10 August, 2018, 05:31

Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark though out the shower.

This weekend is a good time to catch the annual summer light show known as the Perseid meteor shower.

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

Also present in the night sky at this time is Mars, which will hang low in the south east.

"There won't be much cloud cover", Walters said.

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During the meteor shower's peak, skywatchers in the northern hemisphere can expect to see up to 60-70 shooting stars per hour, provided they've found some dark, clear skies for viewing.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

"If you have seen a few of them you have seen them all", he said. Don't have time to wait another 107 years for it to come back?

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

Why does a meteor shower occur?

"Comets and asteroids leave tiny bits of themselves in the orbital path that they take around the sun". Since the earth passes through that trail of comet detritus every year, we get a pretty little show. There are some comets astronomers have been studying for years and they know they have large clumps along the orbit as opposed to a stream of particles.

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Such an adjustment occurs every 11 years or so, when Jupiter makes its closest approach to the Swift-Tuttle debris cloud, at a distance of about 160 million miles (257 million kilometers).

This weekend, Twarog is anticipating a slightly higher debris field. Each time the comet swings by (most recently in 1992), it drops trillions of tiny pieces of itself into our inner solar system.

People can view the meteors streaming across the sky anywhere away from downtown Lawrence. With some luck, you should be able to catch a glimpse of the shooting stars yourself.

Perseids meteor shower 2018: When is it?

In addition to the Perseids, there will also be four planets visible in the sky on the nights of the shower's peak. This year's Perseid meteor shower will be highly visible both Saturday and Sunday night, giving watchers ample opportunity to spot plenty of shooting stars.

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