Sky gazers to witness celestial fireworks display
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 18:01
  
Kolkata: Sky watchers will be able to witness a celestial fireworks display, a meteor shower, late tomorrow night through the predawn hours of August 13.

"Every year around August 11-13, as the earth passes through the debris of comet P-109/Swift Tuttle, hundreds and thousands of small rocky fragments enter the atmosphere and burn up due to friction, forming dazzling streaks of light," M P Birla Planetarium Director (Research and Academics) D P Duari said.

"It is called the Perseid meteor shower, since it seems to originate from the Perseus constellation," he said.

The meteor shower would be viewed mainly in places around northern pacific ocean, but people in the country could also see some of it, he said.

Duari said absence of the moon would be an added bonus for sky gazers provided that the sky remain clear and cloud-free.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 18:01


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