The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour, peaking on Sunday, and setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.
No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night. This time the shower will be especially visible thanks to the August 11 new moon, leaving a dark and hopefully clear sky. And if you thought the video above looked attractive, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).
The phenomenon, known as the Perseids, occurs in August every year, when the earth moves through the solar orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet.
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Every year, our planet passes through a cloud of dust left behind a huge comet, and this year we're passing through from Monday 6 August to Sunday 19 August, but the night of the best and brightest of the meteor shower hitting our atmosphere will be Sunday 12 August!
"If you can get away from the city to a dark sky, you could see as many as one a minute, that would be sort of the higher level", says Brar.
The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.
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