August 2019 Meteor Shower: Perseids

The Perseids produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower

The Perseids produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower

A meteor lights up the sky during perseid meteor shower above the ancient city of Blandus in Usak, Turkey on August 12, 2017.

On this occasion, the observatory - named after Armenian physicist Viktor Hambardzumian - will hold lectures for visitors titled "Dangerous Asteroids".

It is relatively mild and rarely produces more than five meteors per hour.

These meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

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According to the American meteor society (AMS) in August, the Land "will face" triple meteor shower.

The meteor showers, the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids, both peak the first few days of this week. As comets pass by the sun, they emit dust which slowly spreads out to create a wide trail around their orbits, which the Earth then passes through each year. According to The Weather Network, this is the very best summer meteor shower and one of the best for the entire year. The Moon will still be an issue however and the number of potential meteors will also be much lower as the Earth will no longer be passing through the denser regions of the meteor stream.

Most of the Perseid meteors that we observe now were ejected from Swift-Tuttle about 1,000 years ago. They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower. Though the comet will not come by again until 2126, it has left behind plenty of fragments from its last visit in 1992. In the right conditions, stargazers may be able to spot up to 20 meteors per hour.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. This is usually faint meteors that lack as "star rain", and "balls of fire". Come prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. It's not probably the most spectacular shower to see in the night sky, however, will probably be seen through August 23rd.

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