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Perseid meteor shower 2013: How to watch the ‘spectacular’ annual light show

 
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Perseid meteor shower 2013: How to watch the ‘spectacular’ annual light show
Sky gazers are in for a treat as the Perseid meteor shower makes its annual appearance.

Every year in early August, Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle’s orbit and sweeps up some of this debris. As the tiny rocks encounter the thin upper atmosphere of the Earth, the air is heated to incandescence and we see a rapid streak of light.

This year, the Earth is expected to encounter the “core” of the Perseid swarm on Aug. 12, and the best chance to view the meteors will be Sunday and Monday night. Viewers may see as many as 60 to 100 “shooting stars” per hour.

They’re not stars, of course, or planets, or anything as majestic even as a cosmic pebble from the beach of time. According to Gary Boyle, president of the Ottawa chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, each glorious streak of light is caused by a piece of dust half the size of a grain or sand or smaller, burning up as it careens into Earth’s atmosphere at almost 60 kilometres per second.



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Re: Perseid meteor shower 2013: How to watch the ‘spectacular’ annual light show
Folks should be looking for UFO activity also, the last meteor shower we had a couple weeks ago the sky was crazy with UFO's zipping around so keep your cameras handy! thanks for the heads up OP.


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Re: Perseid meteor shower 2013: How to watch the ‘spectacular’ annual light show
And every year I stand out and stare at the night sky hoping to see just one freakin meteor but never do. The city lights have washed out everything.huffy

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