There are more than 30 meteor showers per year. However, few are also spectacular like the Perseids. “Shooting stars” have been shining across the sky at a rate of about a dozen per hour since mid-July. But the best time to watch the natural fireworks will be between August 11-12, 2022. That’s when the rhythm of the meteors will be intensify between 50 and 100 per hour.
Unfortunately, this year’s peak will coincide with a dazzling great moon. Specialists, therefore, recommend look for the meteors a little earlier – August 3 to August 9, 2022. The celestial spectacle is best viewed from dark, open space, away from city lights. Astronomers are also advised to search for an area where the sky is completely dome is visible and to be patient. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes for the eyes to adjust towards the dark sky, then about as long to observe a flashing meteor.
Although often referred to as “shooting” or “shooting” stars, meteors are remnants of cosmic dust and dirt kicked up by comets passing through the region. When the debris collides with earth atmosphere at high speed it burns, resulting in a flash that looks like bright stars crossing the sky.
The Perseids are named after constellation Perseus, from where they seem squirt. They are, however, the dust and rocks of Comet Swift-Tuttle as it passed Earth during its 133-year-long orbit. The comet will not return until 2126. However, the fragments shed during its visit in 1992 are sufficient to provide a Impressive show each year when the Earth passes near the center of the debris flow. The meteor shower is visible worldwide. But, due to the Swift-Tuttle orbital pattern, the best views are reserved for Northern Hemisphere residents.
Perseid meteor showers are famous for their fireballs – meteors as bright as Jupiter and Venus. NASA scientists, who have nicknamed the Perseids “champions of fireballs”, believe that bright meteors are the result of the great meteorites shed by Swift-Tuttle’s massive16 miles (26 km) wide core.
Resources: Space.com, Earthsky.com. NASA.com, Wikipedia.org