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Perseid meteor shower: NASA captures Perseid fireballs

The resulting video is a reminder to venture outside to witness the world-famous Perseid shower, which is expected to peak overnight tonight and tomorrow.

The Perseids annually occur as our planet ploughs through debris shed by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The resulting meteors appear to originate from the constellation Perseus, hence the name.

The Perseids are famed for putting on a memorable show.

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Stargazers under clear, dark skies can expect to see as many as 90 meteors per hour during the Perseids’ peak.

Unfortunately, this year is forecast up to be a little less spectacular.

The last-quarter Moon will hover low over the horizon in the predawn darkness during the peak, meaning many meteors may be lost in its glare.

However, you will be able to spot some Perseids in the coming days.

How to live stream the 2020 Perseid meteor shower:

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Another option available to stargazers who do not want to miss out on the Perseid shower’s peak is to watch the event live online.

Online telescope Slooh will broadcast the meteor shower on the night of August 12 and 13.

Please note, however, Slooh memberships are required to watch the live stream.

Slooh astrophysicist Dr Paige Godfrey said: “Some meteor showers produce great shows, others really test your patience while you lay on your front lawn in the middle of the night.

“But either way they remind us of the constant ebb and flow of the cosmos, as we get to witness the same spectacle year after year in the same parts of the sky.”

Source Daily Express :: Science Feed

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