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Do not oversleep the Perseids

Do not oversleep the Perseids

August 11 2018
Tags: Cyprus, Space, Society

Starfall of Perseids is an incredible sight that can be observed every year in August. The peak of Perseid activity will occur at the maximum approach to the Earth - 12-13 August. However, to observe the meteor shower, albeit not so intense, it will be possible until 20 August.

The best time for observations is 3-4 in the morning. To see as many as possible falling stars, try to find a place, the sky above which is minimally "illuminated" from city lighting, cruise ships and so on. The denser the darkness around you and above your head, the faster your eyes will begin to see the traces of meteors in the sky.

The International Meteor Organization (IMO) predicts Perseid activity at the level of 80-110 meteors per hour, and on the night of the maximum two additional bursts of activity are possible (but not guaranteed), presumably near 23: 00 and 5: 30 over Cyprus.

Experts note that this year the Perseids will not be as intense as in the past, but it will be seen better. First, the maximum activity is at a time when Europe is night. Secondly, 11 August will be a new moon, which means that the moonlight will not interfere with observations. Also at this time, you can still see another meteor shower - the Delta Aquarids, which are already moving away from the Earth.

The Perseid meteor stream is formed when the Earth passes through the dusty tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Starfall appears on the part of the constellation Perseus, which is why he got that name. Moving along a strongly elongated orbit, the comet makes one revolution around the Sun for 133 years. When approaching the star, its core partially evaporates, and gases carry away grains of sand and pebbles that form a trail behind the comet. How exactly Earth is part of the Perseid radiant, was clearly demonstrated by the scientific portal Sky & Telescope. It's the rotation of our planet:

Do not oversleep the Perseids

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