Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Perseid meteor shower lights up Georgia skies

Perseid meteor shower lights up Georgia skies

The cosmic spectacle happens as the Earth ploughs through debris trailing behind the Swift-Tuttle comet.

Most meteor shows have a short peak, but, since Earth takes almost a month to get through the trail of "cometary dust" from Perseid's mama astrological phenomenon, the comet Swift-Tuttle, these heavenly wonders have a broad peak, NASA said.

Astronomers said hundreds of shooting stars will streak across the sky between August 12 and 13 in a display that may be visible around the world. The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

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According to Astrology Ireland: "This year Astronomy Ireland is to take part in a Nationwide Perseid Watch, where you simply count the number of meteors - or shooting stars - you see". The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour, peaking on Sunday, and setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.

Cooke went on to describe how viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids shower.

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