Aug 10, 2009
Perseids Meteor Shower Information
Written under: Human Interest, Science
Perseids, the annual meteor shower will make its brilliant night show this week starting August 10 until August 14.
The Perseids meteor shower is caused by the rocky debris from a wandering comet that has been known in ancient China since 2,000 years ago.
If you want to watch the Perseids meteor shower, we have this as advice and tips:
- Go to a spot where it’s generally dark – less buildings, skyscrapers and far from city lights. An open field is best.
- Before looking up, give your eyes time to adapt to the darkness – about 15 minutes or so.
- Don’t use binoculars, the meteor shower is visible to the naked eye and your eyes have a wider view of the sky.
According to news sources:
The Perseid meteors are the debris of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which flies from deep space into the inner solar system every 130 years on its long, looping orbit around the sun, where it remains for several years.
And each year in August, while the comet is flying inside our solar system, the solar wind and the sun’s heat scatter the comet’s tail of dust, ice and rocks widely across the sky.
Then, as the debris particles hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere, shock waves from their impact cause them to flare into brightness and they show as long streaks of light – and sometimes as brilliant fireballs.
Their meteor tails all seem to radiate from one point, known as the radiant, within the constellation Perseus – hence their name.
The comet which causes the meteor shower was discovered in 1862 by astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle.