Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies

Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies

According to Astrology Ireland: "This year Astronomy Ireland is to take part in a Nationwide Perseid Watch, where you simply count the number of meteors - or shooting stars - you see".

The summer meteor shower, Perseid, is in full swing right now and PEAKING tonight/tomorrow morning.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

How can you see the Perseids if the weather doesn't cooperate where you are?

"The Perseids have been observed for around 2000 years, and are the result of Earth passing through a cloud of dust left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle". But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

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"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an worldwide group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca. The meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but they look the brightest against the darkest sky, which is straight up.

Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said. Perseids are one of the more interesting meteor showers. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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