Green Lights Captured Shooting Across The Sky During Meteor Shower

Comet Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor shower lit up the skies above Europe and North America on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye. Perseid peaks on a Moonless summer night from 4 p.m. EST on August 12 (today) until 4 a.m. EST on August 13 (Monday).

He said: "This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight". Perseids are one of the more interesting meteor showers.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

As Cooke concluded: "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".

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Here are some facts about the Perseid meteor shower. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

NASA scientists advise that although they can be seen any time after 10 p.m., the best time to spot a flurry of meteors will be during the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn, from 11 p.m.to first light.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky! The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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