Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

Did you miss the free celestial fireworks over the weekend?

The Perseids are actually visible from July 17 to August 24, although it peaks Sunday into Monday morning.

Strong activity is expected for the timeframe 11-13 Aug (Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights).

"The shower is the result of Earth encountering the gritty debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle", Boyle said. The last time was in 1992.

Every year, meteor showers become visible from Earth - weather and light pollution permitting. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

The Perseids were called the "Tears of St. Lawrence" in medieval Europe because they occur around the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by Valerian, a Roman emperor, in the year 258 A.D.

One of the best meteor showers of the year takes place this weekend.

Chinese astronomers are credited with the being the first to record an observation of the meteor shower back in 36 A.D.

When this year's show peaked, the Moon was in its crescent-shape "new moon" phase, meaning it had set long before the meteors started appearing. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

In many ways, Perseids is the most impressive meteor shower for the naked eyes. When Earth moves around the Sun, the orbit will, at some point, intersect head-on with a small cloud of material ejected from this comet.

According to NASA, 60 to 70 meteors will be visible each hour.

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