Perseid meteor shower 2021: All you need to know – News Vibe24

    Perseid meteor shower 2021: All you need to know - Times of India
    NEW Delhi: Perseids are fast, bright meteors and often leave long “awakenings” of light and color behind as they traverse the Earth’s atmosphere.
    Perseids peaks in mid-August and is considered the best meteor shower of the year due to their high rates (50-100 meteorites per hour) and pleasant temperatures in late summer.
    The 2021 Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce the largest number of meteors in the mornings on August 11, 12 and 13.
    What are meteor showers?
    Meteorological showers are the remnants of an icy comet that collapses into the Earth’s atmosphere. As the comets travel through the solar system, they leave behind a dusty trail of rocks and ice that remain in space long after their departure. As the Earth passes through these comets of comet waste, fragments of debris – which can be as small as grains of sand – penetrate the sky at such rapid velocities that they create a celestial firework. The Perseid meteor shower was first observed 2,000 years ago.
    Where do Perseids come from?
    The Persians take their name from the constellation of Perseus from where they appear to appear. However, it is the wreckage of Comet Swift-Tuttle, first discovered in 1862 by Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle. The comet last passed close to Earth in 1992 and takes 133 years to orbit the sun.
    Every year between July 17 and August 24, the Earth traverses the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet, where debris from the comet loses its orbit and fragments of this debris hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere about 130,000 miles (210,000 km). .) per hour, illuminating the night with fast Perseid meteorites.
    How to watch the Perseid 2021 meteor shower?
    The 2021 Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce the largest number of meteors in the mornings on August 11, 12 and 13, according to the American Meteorological Society without the moonlight destroying the show. No special equipment is required to watch the show and finding an open, dark sky is ideal for unobstructed views. While they can be seen all over the world, Perseids are best seen in the northern hemisphere in the hours before dawn.

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