Perseid meteor shower 2017: Spectacular images of shooting stars that thrill stargazers

Mandy Carr
August 14, 2017

The annual Perseid meteor shower will peak between late Saturday and early Sunday, with around 150 shooting stars per hour predicted, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Friday.

The Perseid Meteor Shower has been going on since July 17, but it will peak tonight.

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The meteors themselves are usually no larger than a grain of sand, but when they hit the Earth's atmosphere they are travelling at over 100,000mph or 60 kilometres per second. In dark skies away from city lights you may see up to 40-50 meteors per hour.

However, the meteor shower was visible in some part of the world.

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The Perseids meteors, shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, stage their show every August and are among the brightest of all shooting stars. "A year ago it was a lot more than that" said Dan Ruby, Fleischmann Planetarium Director.

They are called the Perseids because they seem to come from near the north-east constellation Perseus, named after the Greek slayer of monsters. This means that you will have better chances of seeing more meteors before the moon rises and adds additional light to the sky.

It's made up of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet and happens every August.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular". As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits.

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