Celestial treat in store for star-gazers on Wednesday

Celestial treat in store for star-gazers on Wednesday 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