Perseid meteor shower peaks Sunday night

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 13, 2018

Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of attractive shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky.

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the flawless backdrop for the late-summer nature show.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

This Perseid meteor shower is the result of Earth travelling through the gritty debris of Commet Swift-Tuttle that passed by Earth in 1992.

"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. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

Often these meteors appear colorful and leave traces in the sky. Conditions have been helped by a new Moon which will make the sky even darker, just give yourself 10-20 minutes for your eyes to adjust.

The best way to catch the shower is by travelling out of the city (if you aren't already) to a quiet spot not affected by light pollution.

"Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable". Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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