Washington: Here's a piece of news that is sure to bring smiles on faces of skygazers across the globe as they will be treated to a spectacular celestial sight for the next few days, courtesy the Perseid meteor shower.
According to NASA, the annual Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of August 12 through the morning of August 13.
Perseid meteor rates can get as high as 100 per hour, with many fireballs visible in the night sky, said NASA.
How to view the Perseid meteor shower
NASA said the best time to see the Perseid meteor shower is during the dark, pre-dawn hours of August 13. For optimal viewing, try to find an open skyline, where you can view the horizon without obstructions, such as buildings or trees.
Also, try to view the Perseids as far away from artificial lights as possible. The darker the sky, the better viewing experience you can have. NASA also said that the eyes can take up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
About the Persiads
Observed for at least 2,000 years, the The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. According to NASA, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet’s debris every August. This debris field consists of bits of ice and dust - most over 1,000 years old - and burns up in Earth’s atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year.
The name derives in part from the word Perseides, a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will host a live Ustream broadcast about the Perseid meteor shower on Wednesday, August 12.