Perseid meteor shower in Egypt skies until Sunday

Aug 12, 2017, 00:25
Perseid meteor shower in Egypt skies until Sunday

Most sky watchers are already looking forward to the upcoming Perseid meteor shower display, which is expected to peak on August 12, especially since reports of it being "the brightest shower in recorded human history" have surfaced, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration begs to disagree.

A meteor's course can go anywhere in the sky but when you see it they will all seem to originate from the same place the shooting stars tails will all point back to the same spot in the sky. However, one thing is for sure: the 2017 Perseid meteor shower will not bring any of them closer to that dream.

Henderson said he would have liked if the moon were less bright this weekend.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke expects visible rate in a clear sky to be cut by about half to 40-50 per hour as the bright moon washes out the fainter meteors. The Perseids are caused by the Earth passing through a comet's debris field, according to the American Meteor Society.

While the night of August 12-13 is the annual meteor shower's peak, higher than normal meteor sightings will continue until the shower ends on August 24. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), a bright moon can obstruct the shower and this year, the moon will have waned to around 80% illumination by 12 August. However, as long as the weather cooperates, you'll be able to see even more shooting stars! "Remember, your eyes can take as long as 20 minutes to truly adapt to the darkness of night", McClure said.

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One of the biggest meteor showers of the year will be in the night sky this weekend. During that time, up to 150 meteors per hour are possible.

At Babcock State Park, naturalist Abby Rice will provide meteor-spotting guidance during a Perseid Party that starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Boley Lake.

The highlight of the Perseids meteor shower will be visible in the sky about 1am this Sunday. What you should have is a lot of patience and a very dark night.

The Perseids are so named because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus, the Medusa-killing hero of Greek mythology. The meteors are actually tiny dust and particles from the tail of the comet as it orbits around the sun.

The meteors are all tiny pieces of this comet which disintegrate on entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the spectacular show for us.

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