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How to Watch Sunday Night's Perseid Meteor Shower-Online or In Person

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend
Stacy Houston | 15 August, 2018, 19:02

The meteor shower's peak will be visible late Sunday night into early Monday morning. The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked during the intervening night of August 12 and 13, with at least 70 meteors burning up in the atmosphere in an hour - that is, nearly a meteor a minute.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an global group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the town of Foca.

The Perseid meteor shower, a phenomenon producing up to 60 to 70 meteors per hour in the night's sky, peaked over the weekend.

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The Perseid meteor shower lights up the Earth's sky every summer about this time as our planet passes through the trail left be Comet Swift-Tuttle. Majority burn so hot that they disintegrate as they enter Earth's atmosphere. As Earth makes its yearly journey around the sun, it moves through these clouds of comet debris, introducing many meteors at once into the atmosphere, resulting in what we know as a meteor shower. The last time it passed nearby was in 1992. What we witness this month are also remnants from that fly-by. The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear, lies in the constellation - Perseus.

Asteroid: Asteroids are space rocks that orbit the sun. It contains ice and gas. A remarkable phenomenon was the night of 13 August, after midnight. Meteor showers can be seen easily with the naked eye.

"Strictly speaking, Perseids might be considered less impressive than the Geminid meteor shower that is created by bigger meteoroids entering the earth's atmosphere".

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