Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire
(Cover photo: Perseid meteor shower, 2009. Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you’ve been looking up at the sky you may or may not have noticed an increase in what looks like fireballs shooting from the sky. If you haven’t notices, then don’t be alarmed, it’s not going to hurt anyone and we’re not about to send Bruce Willis into space to save the world, but it is an incredible sight to see and you can enjoy it for the rest of the month. All you need is a good, unobstructed view of the sky.
Perseid annual meteor shower
There’s still a few days left to experience this year’s Perseid “champion fireball” meteor shower, which NASA boast could shoot between 30 and 40 meteors an hour. If you haven’t already seen it, then you still have a chance as it should be continuing to shoot off fireballs for the rest of August, although the amount will be reduced. Experts are even saying that these meteors bursting from the sky will outshine the giant super moons that we saw this summer.
Perseid occurs annually when the earth passes through Comet Swift-Turtles debris stream. Once this debris and dust collides with out atmosphere a fireball effect is produced, much to the awe of those of us watching from the ground. The sky really is alive and kicking, all you have to do is look up.
Get out of the city and find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, leave the city lights behind and enjoy natures wonder above. Sit back and let your eyes adjust to the dark, don’t use a telescope as meteors could come from any direction and you are best served to use the naked eye.
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