August 2018’s Perseid Meteor Shower: A Shooting Stars Shower From The Perseids Will Illuminate The Night Of August 12 To 13

Shooting Stars Meteor Shower From The Perseids

Great news for star hunters! This year, a Perseid meteor shower will culminate in the night of August 12-13. Go on your terraces to admire this myriad of shooting stars, or head to a place where the sky is clear, far from the lights of the city.

Thanks to the new moon, the rain of shooting stars will be particularly brilliant, and all the inhabitants of the northern hemisphere will enjoy a luminous spectacle in all its splendor.

Fortunately for us, it is the time of the new moon, which will rise and go down with the sun, well before the expected event. And who says absence of moonlight, says a meteor shower more brilliant than ever. We can also observe Mars, Saturn Venus and Jupiter with the naked eye. According to Sky and Telescope, an astronomy magazine, it should be possible to see about 60 to 70 stars per hour.

Generally, Perseids can be observed every night between July 17th and August 24th. But they will reach their peak this weekend, Sunday night and Monday morning.

Explanation of this astronomical event
The Perseids, also known as "Tears of St. Lawrence" come from the constellation Perseus, which is itself named after the son of Zeus, a Greek demi-god who killed Medusa the Gorgon, an evil fantasy creature, by cutting him off. head.

Meteors are caused by tiny cosmic dust debris the size of a grain of sand, which penetrates the upper part of the earth's atmosphere at about 130 km in height. Each particle of dust infiltrates at the impressive speed of 60 km per second, and burns in the night sky creating a glittering trail of fire.

These particles were thrown long ago by the comet Swift-Tuttle and are distributed throughout the orbit of the comet around the Sun which lasts 133 years. The Earth crosses this "river of rubble" every year between July 23rd and August 20th. The comet is so named because it was independently discovered by Lewis Swift and Horace Parnell Tuttle in July 1862.

Shooting Stars Meteor Shower From The Perseids

How to observe them?
To take advantage of the Perseids, all you need is your eyes, without the help of a telescope or binoculars. From 22h, find a dark place with a clear view away from pollution and bright lights, such as street lights, buildings and cars .... Lie down and watch the night sky comfortably (protect yourself from mosquitoes). The constellation of Perseus will emerge from the northern hemisphere, the brightest stars will cross the sky for a few seconds and leave beautiful light trails behind them.

Expect to see the biggest show of shooting stars reach its peak this weekend. All the meteor showers are exciting events, but the Perseids of this summer will be in all their splendor and will make the happiness of all the fans of observation of the sky. Make yourself comfortable, enjoy this moment, and get ready for Ohs and Wows ...
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