Loading...

Perseids 2017: Biggest Meteor Shower Followed by a Total Solar Eclipse - MUST SEE

Loading...
Perseids 2017: Biggest Meteor Shower Followed by a Total Solar Eclipse - MUST SEE
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12, and 13, and a Total Solar Eclipse will be visible in the United States from coast to coast on August 21.

In astronomy, there's nothing quite like a bright meteor streaking across the glittering canopy of a moonless night sky.  The unexpected flash of light adds a dash of magic to an ordinary walk under the stars.
New research by NASA has just identified the most magical nights of all.

"We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," explains Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.  "It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 11th, 12th and 13th."

Using a network of meteor cameras distributed across the southern USA, Cooke's team has been tracking fireball activity since 2008, and they have built up a database of hundreds of events to analyze. The data point to the Perseids as the 'fireball champion' of annual meteor showers.

A fireball is a very bright meteor, at least as bright as the planets Jupiter or Venus.  They can be seen on any given night as random meteoroids strike Earth's upper atmosphere. One fireball every few hours is not unusual.  Fireballs become more numerous, however, when Earth is passing through the debris stream of a comet.  That’s what will happen this August.

Get away from city lights. While fireballs can be seen from urban areas, the much greater number of faint Perseids is visible only from the countryside.

In total, the Perseid meteor rate from dark-sky sites could top 100 per hour.

That’s a lot of magic. Enjoy the show.

Clip credit: NASA

RRelated Posts

Meteor Showers 101 | National Geographic

Meteor showers bring interplanetary debris, ranging from pebbles to boulders, into Earth's atmosphere. Find out how these dazzling displays come about. ➡ Subscribe:

11 Things You Never Knew About The Earth

For copyright matters please contact us at: mrrocky3145@gmail.com Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/FactsVerse Our Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FactsVerse Twitter:

Something is Affecting the Entire Solar System

Strange things are happening in both outer and inner space scientists are discovering that the Solar System, the sun, and life itself are mutating in totally unprecedented ways. They are reporting

Tonight's Sky: August 2017

In August, the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, the Perseid meteor shower, a partial lunar eclipse and more will be visible. "Tonight's Sky" is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the

5 Scariest Photos Taken By Nasa On The Moon!

The moon is such an amaizing place. That although it is in view of everyone, it is still so unknown. Our curiosity has led us to investigate, every aspect and every corner of the moon. But

CComments