Perseid meteor shower reaches peak this week: When to see it
Many people consider the Perseid meteor shower to be the astronomical highlight of the summer, and it is about to reach its height.
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year between July and September, but it peaks just before mid-August.
The peak is anticipated to happen this year on the nights of August 11 and 12
Jim Todd, director of space science education at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, said, "We're witnessing the debris left behind by an apparent comet dubbed Swift-Tuttle."
He claimed that the Earth's atmosphere is frequently invaded by ice and boulders no larger than a sand grain
Humans observe bright streaks in the sky, such as meteors or shooting stars, when they come into contact with friction and form plasma.
Most are destroyed during entry, but the rare few that survive and hit Earth’s surface are known as meteorites.
The Perseid shower is named after the constellation Perseus, which the meteors appear to radiate from.
Todd compared it to a showerhead and said if you follow the tail of a meteor backward, you’ll see it points toward Perseus.
Most years, at the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower, observers can observe 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark location
however, this week, those numbers may be slightly greater. The reason for that is the August 11 full moon.
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