Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

Pablo Tucker
August 13, 2018

Associate Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UOIT Dr. Rupinder Brar says the annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible Saturday night, early Sunday morning and Sunday night.

"It peaks Monday but you still have a few more days to look in all directions", according to CBS 2 meteorologist Robb Ellis.

As Cooke concluded: "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show". The darker the sky the more meteors you will see. "The meteorites from the comet's trail appear to come from the constellation Perseus, which lends the shower its name", Space.com reports.


People looking up at the night sky in Central America, Asia, Africa and parts of South America were able to see the display, that is also known as the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence".

The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway. "It is really cool when you think about this as you see the these meteors falling from the sky", remarks Dr Quanzhi Ye, a planetary scientist based at California Institute of Technology, USA.


This time the shower will be especially visible thanks to the August 11 new moon, leaving a dark and hopefully clear sky.

With the best spots to witness the shooting stars being in Europe, particularly mountainous regions without any light pollution, it's no surprise the stunning footage was captured in the Swiss Alps in Valais Canton.

As the meteor shower peaks, we bring you a primer on the celestial fireworks.


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