Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

The shower is usually visible every year between July 17 and August 24 around the world, but it's especially impressive the nights of August 11, 12 and 13, when up to 200 "shooting stars" will cross the sky every hour.

Due to the movement of the Earth and the position of the Swift-Tuttle's orbit of debris, all "shooting stars" seem to come from the same place in the sky, the Perseus constellation, hence its other name.

Associate Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UOIT Dr. Rupinder Brar says the annual Perseid meteor shower will be visible Saturday night, early Sunday morning and Sunday night.

"Every year in August, we sort of sweep through the leftovers of that comet and the tiny little particles that it left behind enter into the Earth's atmosphere", explains Brar. Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors!

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According to NASA, 60 to 70 meteors will be visible each hour.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

Whilst meteors can be seen on any night, at certain times of the year their numbers drastically increase. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

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