On the night of 12 to 13 August have a maximum of the meteor shower the Perseids is in the Earth’s atmosphere will burn up the fragments of the comet swift-Tuttle. According to the calculations of astronomers, in the regions where the sky will clear, and the street lighting is missing, visitors will be able to see up to 150 shooting stars per hour.
The Perseids got their name from the constellation Perseus, in the “background” of which the shooting stars will be visible. The comet swift-Tuttle approaches the Earth only once in 135 years, but its tail is the planet annually.
Meteor shower can be observed from 9 July to 17 August, but in the next two nights its activity is greatest. Outside the city, where not shining lights, to see falling stars, according to experts, it will be much easier. Also people wishing to see the meteor shower, we recommend that you allocate 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. On average, every minute the sky will be zipping a couple of meteors, but they are distributed “unevenly”.
Astonomy also note that because of the bright moonlight falling stars, in all probability, will be seen a few worse. However, this time fans can watch the starry sky are lucky a few more than last autumn — the moon is decreasing, while the most intense meteor showers last October and December — the Leonids and Geminids — occurred in the so-called “supermoon” — the period when the Moon is not only full, but is closer to the Earth than usual.
By the way, while on Monday the inhabitants of many cities of Russia were able to see in the sky so-called “blood moon”. During the full moon the Earth’s shadow at the time had shielded the lower part of the satellite (such an Eclipse is called private), and in that time he has gained a Burgundy-red color.
Recall, the most interesting astronomical event, awaiting the Earth in the near future, will be a very long total solar Eclipse on August 21. However, to see him, only those, who on this day will be in North America.