The Perseid meteor shower is underway and people from different parts of the world are reporting the viewing of several meteor showers
The much awaited Perseid meteor shower is here again as the earth passes through some of the most regularly occurring meteor clusters. The Perseid meteor shower takes place every year in mid-August, and offers some spectacular sight to the people on earth. This time around the Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August, with the peak taking place on the night of the 12th and early morning of the 13th of August. This time, an unfortunate thing which happened is that the Perseid meteor shower coincided with the full moon, which means that the fainter meteor showers will be harder to detect due to the brightness of the moon.
The best time to look at the Perseid meteor shower, according to experts, is during the hours before dawn on Saturday morning, as at this time the glaring moon is relatively dimmer and the meteor rates are the highest. The people of America will also be able to catch a glimpse of the International Space Station, as according to NASA, even the space station will be orbiting over U.S. during this time and it will be visible to the naked eye.
NASA has arranged for a public event over the internet called ‘Perseids webchat and ‘all-night’ meteor shower viewing party’, in which the host of the show is going to be astronomer Bill Cooke and his team from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The web chat session invites all Perseid meteor shower enthusiasts to join in the conversation about the event and report any sightings of the meteor shower. The web chat will begin at 11:00 p.m. EDT on Friday and will last until 5:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday.
So far the highest meteor shower rate has been reported at more than 20 meteors per hour. The Perseid meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. As the dust particles from the comet enter the earth’s atmosphere, they travel at speeds of up to 140,000 miles per hour and as a result get heated up. Due to the intense heat they catch fire and result in a meteor shower.
The Perseid meteor showers stream out of the constellation of Perseus, and this is how the meteor shower gets its name of ‘Perseids’.