Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower comet hit earth dinosaurs

Perseid meteor shower comet hit earth dinosaurs

Perseid peaks on a Moonless summer night from 4 p.m. EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday).

Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night.

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. We're talking the Perseid meteor shower, which is visible every year when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the flawless backdrop for the late-summer nature show. Small particles of comet dust burn up when entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the bright streaks (mistakenly) known as "shooting stars".

NASA explained: "All meteors associated with one particular shower have similar orbits, and they all appear to come from the same place in the sky, called the radiant". They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower. You can expect 50-70 meteors per hour by getting away from cities and look to the sky!

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars. There is also a parade of planets visible!

For this year it has been inspired by the singer Enya's "Dark Sky Island " album.

"Meteor showers take their name from the location of the radiant".

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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