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Perseid meteor shower dazzles stargazers across Canada

Jeremiah Rodriguez, Workers
Printed Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:11AM EDT

Many stargazers have been lucky sufficient to cap the top of their summer time with a outstanding celestial mild present on Monday night time.

The Perseid meteor bathe dazzled many from throughout Canada and the Northern Hemisphere with dozens of individuals sharing their snapshots of the sunshine present on social media.

NASA astronomers extensively take into account this top-of-the-line meteor showers to see in the course of the yr. And on its weblog, the area company identified the sight is attributable to particles from the traditional Comet Swift-Tuttle streaking throughout our skies.

The traditional phantasm of falling stars might be seen yearly because the Earth passes by way of particles left behind by the 26-kilometre broad comet because it orbits the solar. The showers have really been seen since late July however peaked on Monday night time and early Tuesday morning.

When astronomers hint meteors, they monitor them from some extent of origin in a selected space within the sky and this most up-to-date meteor bathe will get its identify from the constellation Perseus.

In one other weblog publish from earlier this month, NASA wrote that seen meteor charges could be down from 60 “shooting stars” per hour to solely about 15 to 20 per hour due to the brightness of the complete moon.

However the area company burdened that individuals didn’t want a telescope or binoculars to see the Perseids that are “rich in bright meteors and fireballs.”

So whereas the moon and cloud protection absconded the views of swaths of individuals throughout North America, many managed to seize the celestial views.

The Digital Telescope Mission in Europe even livestreamed the occasion and left their footage on its website.

In different phrases, when you missed seeing the showers final night time, skywatchers’ footage, movies and GIFs on-line provides you with a good second-hand view.

Dozens shared their footage utilizing the hashtag PerseidMeteorShower but when these aren’t sufficient, the Perseid meteor bathe will nonetheless proceed to be seen till later this month.



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