All Eyes Towards The Sky: We Are Expecting A Spectacular Meteor Shower
Every year, the month of August is associated with a special astronomical phenomenon known as meteoric rain. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA advise people from all over the world to go to a high place on the night of August 11 to August 12 and watch the spectacular meteor shower.
Astronomers predict that the Perseid meteor shower this year will be the most spectacular on the night of August 11 to August 12, says Bill Cook from NASA. He adds that if there are perfect weather conditions, we can see 200 meteors per hour. The eruption of the meteor shower that is expected this year will be the greatest ever. The last time we saw a similar meteor shower was in 2009.
Perseids captivate observers with their tremendous speed and with the great light that is characteristic for meteors. Meteors from the meteor shower Perseids move at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour. The meteor shower is formed when the space remains of the Swift-Tuttle comet’s tail strike in the atmosphere of the Earth.
Every 133 years, Swift-Tuttle’s comet passes through the inner solar system, leaving behind a trace of space dust.
Unlike other cosmic events, observers don’t need special technology to watch the meteor shower. For better view, we advise going outdoors far from high buildings and trees, with less light.