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Perseid meteor shower - best show in nearly 20 years

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Perseid meteor shower set for its best show in nearly 20 years


You can expect to see up to 150 'shooting stars' per hour when 2016’s best meteor shower peaks the night of August 11/12.

 



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Every year in August, the Swift-Tuttle comet puts on a brilliant show. When the Earth plows into its wake, tiny bits of debris left behind from the comet slam into our atmosphere at 132,000 miles per hour, reach temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees, and streak across the sky in what we call the Perseid meteor shower.

In a normal year, the Perseids are the most spectacular meteor shower we can see. Spectators can normally see around 60 to 100 meteors an hour.

But this is not a normal year. Astronomers are forecasting that the Perseids will be firing twice as fast on the night of August 11-12. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour,” said Bill Cooke, NASA’s head of meteoroid environments, in a press statement.

Astronomers are expecting around double the normal amount of Perseid sightings this year — around 150 to 200 per hour. Why?

Because they believe the planet Jupiter has shifted the path of comet debris just enough that Earth will plow through the densest area, as Slate’s resident astronomer Phil Plait explains.


Where to watch ?

Meteors will mainly come from area where constellation Perseid and Perseus is located in the background. These Constellations will be higher in sky in mid night. You can watch until dawn.

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