The Perseids Meteor Shower 2017 Falls Victim To Fake News

You've been hearing a lot about the solar eclipse August 21, but that's not the only stunning astronomical event happening this month.

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.

The International Space Station (ISS) - if you live in or are close to the United Kingdom you will be in for a treat during the Perseid meteor shower in 2013 as the International Space Station is visible over United Kingdom skies.

However, according to Tadros, the moon's gibbous phase - the last before a full moon - did not prevent the public from witnessing the phenomenon, as the Perseids are rich in fireballs.

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The Perseid meteors are debris from comet Swift-Tuttle, which circles the sun every 130 years.

The moon rises around 11 p.m.so if you get out to watch just before that you may get a better show even though the peak hours of the showers are between midnight and dawn.

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.

Our planet actually moves through that dusty detritus for about five weeks, until August 24, but the peak for visible meteors starts at about 10 a.m. on Saturday (August 12) and continues for about two days, with a fair number expected to be visible (weather permitting) on Friday night/Saturday morning as well. "The Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s were much more spectacular and had rates ten times greater than the best Perseid display". For the best viewing head to the country and get away from the city lights.

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"The eyes will take at least 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness before they are able to spot the meteors".

Meteor showers are named for the constellation out of which they appear to come, said Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society. Did you know that each Perseid meteor travels at 132,000 miles per hour?!

"At best, they outburst from a normal rate between 80-100 meteors per hour to a few hundred per hour", he said. What you should have is a lot of patience and a very dark night.

The meteor shower usually peaks around the evening and morning of August 12 and 13. Once these bits of comet debris hit Earth's atmosphere, the meteors are heated to almost 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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  • Israel Montgomery