Perseid meteor shower to peak this Friday night & early Saturday morning

Perseid meteor shower to peak this Friday night & early Saturday morning

The eagerly-awaited annual Perseid meteor shower is all set to reach its peak late Friday night and early Saturday morning, NASA has reiterated.

NASA astronomers have estimated that this year’s Perseid meteor shower will generate nearly 40 to 50 shooting stars streaking across the night sky each hour during its peak.

While usual rates for the Perseid meteor shower are roughly 80 shooting stars per hour, in outburst years like that of last year, the rate jumped to 150 to 200 meteors each hour during the peak.

Astronomer Gerald McKeegan, of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, suggested that after midnight, early Saturday morning, would be the best time to monitor the shower.

Speaking on the topic, McKeegan added, “You'll want to find a place where you can sit down, relax and stare at the sky with your naked eye. Meteors will streak against large parts of the sky and a telescope or binoculars limit your view to a very small portion of the sky.”

As Earth passes through the debris left over from a transitory comet like the 109P/Swift-Tuttle, the debris enters our planet’s atmosphere and burn up, producing bright streaks in the sky.

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