Earth is presently passing via the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle and the perfect meteor shower of the 12 months will occur this weekend in consequence.
The shower’s peak will likely be seen each nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, with NASA meteor skilled Bill Cooke saying the August 12-13 present could be the higher of the 2. Although not an outburst 12 months (150-200 meteors per hour) spectators ought to see about 60-70 meteors per hour this weekend. As a bonus, Mars and Saturn also needs to be simply viewable.
For the perfect viewing, get your self to a darkish space. Go to the suburbs or the countryside away from town lights. Give your eyes a while to regulate to the darkness (about 30 minutes) and it is best to count on to see about 60-70 meteors per hour or about one per minute.
Comet Swift-Tuttle is the biggest object identified to repeatedly move by Earth. It has a nucleus of about 16 miles large and final handed by Earth in 1992, nonetheless, Earth passes via the mud and particles it leaves behind yearly, which is what creates the Perseid meteor shower. The comet particles heats up because it enters the environment and burns up because it streaks throughout the sky at 37 miles per second!
If a meteor makes all of it the best way to Earth with out burning utterly up, it graduates from a meteor to a meteorite, nonetheless, a lot of the meteors within the Perseids are in regards to the dimension of a grain of sand and are a lot too small to make it to Earth.