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Perseids Meteor Shower peaks tonight (12.08.2020)

BY Aziz Idris

Stargazers are in for a treat as the Perseids Meteor Shower will peak in the late hours of today and early hours of tomorrow.

The Perseids is one of the brighter meteor showers of the year which occurs annually between July 17 to August 24 and tends to peak between August 9 to 13.

Made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids is named after the constellation Perseus.

The comet last entered the solar system in 1992 and will not be back until 2126, but the public can still see the glowing remnants of its tail every year.

The Perseids is widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers because most years at its peak, one can see 60 to 100 meteors – as long as it is not cloudy.

Viewed from Earth, the flaming dust and debris of meteor showers look like “fireballs” or “falling stars” streaking across the night sky.

According to the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD), it does not matter where, nor is there a need for a telescope or any special equipment, but being out of reach of any bright lights will optimise the show.

“Once you find a viewing spot, your eyes may take 15 to 20 minutes to get used to the dark. Lie down on the ground, and look up in the direction of the radiant.

“Use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map or find the current direction of the radiant in the sky,” the PABD said.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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