Sussex weather as Perseid meteor shower reaches it peak

13 August, 2018, 21:54 | Author: Emmett Howard
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The Perseids are among the brightest meteor showers and can easily be seen with the naked eye.

The most active meteor shower in the calendar will be at its peak on Sunday night (August 12) until Tuesday (August 14). More meteor showers are coming up - including the Orionids, which will peak in late October.

The Perseid Meteor Shower takes place every year, and promises a spectacular display in the sky.

"It's a pretty good time; we try to do it every year", said Dave Pruitt, assistant superintendent at Beech Fork. Be sure to check your local weather forecast. "You'll want to look north east". It is a common misconception that you need to look at a specific area to see meteors. During a meteor shower, that number can jump to dozens and sometimes hundreds of meteors per hour. The Perseids takes place every year between July 17 and August 24.

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. In rare cases, sometimes more than 100 meteors per hour will streak across the sky. During this time, 60 - 70 meteors per hour will shoot across the northeast sky, all radiating from the constellation Perseus.

Perseids are caused by sand grain sized particles that fell off a comet called Swift-Tuttle centuries or millennia ago. This weekend's peak is the optimum time to view the shower with the most frequent meteors. No special equipment is needed, just patience.

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You will also be able to watch a live feed of all the cosmic action produced by the Virtual Telescope Project, which is streaming close to a historic church which was ruined in a recent natural disaster. "The Perseids will put on a great show".

The annual Perseid shower occurs when the Earth's orbit crosses the path of debris thrown off by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

"Comets are spectacular and attractive and take months to go across the sky but every time they go near the sun they are melted down a little bit".

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear.

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