Sky gazers to witness celestial fireworks display

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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