It'll be a stargazer's delight the next few nights watching the Perseids


A man points his light at the Milky Way during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower at Mavrovo national park

The report mentions that while Perseids meteors have passed over Earth's atmosphere since the end of July, the best dates for viewing the showers are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13.

"It peaks Monday but you still have a few more days to look in all directions", according to CBS 2 meteorologist Robb Ellis. So if the sky is free of clouds tonight, you should be able to see the meteor shower at its best - provided too many city lights do not blind you. Expect to see 65-70 meteors per hour, especially overnight. The meteoroid vaporises and turns into a meteor. Meteors are made of dust and ice.

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What is a meteor shower? So every shooting star you see is a tiny messenger from that giant comet, formed long before we even invented the alphabet. The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear, lies in the constellation - Perseus.

"The average particle size is that of large sand grains, but some small pea-gravel-size meteors can cause bright fireballs that light up the sky and ground". However, the meteor showers will technically be visible all through the month. Most vaporise as they descend, but some explode.

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