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Celestial treat in store for star-gazers on Wednesday

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 20:07

New Delhi: A celestial treat is in store for
star-gazers who can look forward to see fire from the skies in
the form of meteor showers tomorrow.

Perseids, a prolific meteor shower associated with the
comet Swift-Tuttle, will be seen tomorrow, SPACE Director C B
Devgun told media.

Perseids, better known as earth gazers at its peak, is
visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity
between August 8 and 14. During the peak period, the rate of
meteors reaches 60 or more per hour, Devgun said.

The meteor is named Perseids because the point it appear
to come from, lies in the constellation Perseus.

He said the meteors can be seen all across the sky, but
because of the path of Swift-Tuttle`s orbit, Perseids is
primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.

The time when the meteor will be maximum is around 1-2 AM
on the August 12 as the Earth is expected to pass through a
denser-than-usual filament of dust from Perseid`s parent Comet
Swift-Tuttle, he added.

Astronomers have been observing Perseid meteor shower for
about last 2,000 years, with the first known information
coming from the far East, Devgun said, adding in early
medieval Europe, the Perseids came to be known as the "tears
of St. Lawrence".

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 20:07
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