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The Perseid meteor shower happened during on August 11-13. It was caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, began streaking across the skies in late July and occurred on the night of August 12.
The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the greatest meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures.
Maybe it is interesting for you to know why it is called Perseid. The name is derived from the word Perseidai, the sons of Perseus in Greek mythology. All meteors associated with one particular shower have similar orbits, and they all appear to come from the same place in the sky, called the radiant. Meteor showers take their name from the location of the radiant. The Perseid radiant is in the constellation Perseus. Similarly, the Geminid meteor shower, observed each December, is named for a radiant in the constellation Gemini.
According to NASA “If it’s not cloudy, pick an observing spot away from bright lights, lay on your back, and look up! You don’t need any special equipment to view the Perseids – just your eyes. (Note that telescopes or binoculars are not recommended.) Meteors can generally be seen all over the sky so don’t worry about looking in any particular direction”.
If you had an opportunity to watch the Perseid, share your opinion below or if you have some photos share it via comments.
Source: Text; NASA
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