Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Meteor shower lights up skies over Bosnia

Meteor shower lights up skies over Bosnia

"The Perseids are a great way to experience the universe".

"The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle", Boyle said. Monday is the final evening of the peak nights for viewing the annual Perseid shower. This is what we commonly are able to perceive as a shooting star.

Watching the shower doesn't require any special equipment, but viewers should stay find a spot away from artificial light, and NASA recommends allowing about 30 minutes without light-including your smartphone!-for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Look off towards the constellation Perseus in the night sky (that's how the meteor shower got its name).

When an asteroid collides with another, they break into small pieces. Majority burn so hot that they disintegrate as they enter Earth's atmosphere. Meteorites are studied to determine their age using isotope dating techniques and analysed for their composition using spectrums.

But for a layperson, a strong meteor shower is just a pretty sight.

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Chinese astronomers are credited with the being the first to record an observation of the meteor shower back in 36 A.D.

Geminids, next active December 4th through December 16, 2018. However, Perseids create more meteor events per hour.

On a clear night close to peaking hour, one could expect to count about 60 meteors per hour. In addition, star rain coincides with the entry of the moon into a new phase, but it will not make Starfall less spectacular.

A meteor streaks across the skies over the Sand Pyramids during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in the village of Miljevina near Foca, August 12, 2018.

This is a week to look up to the stars, literally.

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