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Perseid meteor shower lights up Georgia skies

13 August 2018, 08:23 | Ross Houston

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom tonight - though cloud is forecast in Cumbria.

According to Nasa, the meteor shower will enjoy its highest activity from 4 pm ET (9 pm BST) on Sunday 12th until 4 am (9 am BST) on Monday 13th.

The Perseid shower occurs when the Earth passes through the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

If you want to wish upon a shooting star, this is your weekend.

Moonless nights will make the spectacle of the annual Perseid meteor shower even more scintillating this weekend for much of the world, and sky watchers are expecting a "great show".

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As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky.

On a good year they can be as frequent as one a minute. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said: 'Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable'. This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the USA can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

But no matter if the clouds or smoke clear, "you still need to get away from the light pollution of cities", Meteorologist M.J. McDermott said.



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