When to see the Perseid meteor shower 2017



Stargazers are in for a treat when the Perseid meteor shower creates a cosmic fireworks display.
The Perseids, created when the Earth ploughs through debris trailing behind the Swift-Tuttle comet, have always been the most popular of the annual meteors because about 80 shooting stars can be seen every hour.
The shooting stars travel at about 37 miles a second.
Amazingly, most of the meteors are only the size of a grain of sand so they burn up in the atmosphere long before reaching the ground.
In 2016 they were at their most spectacular since 2009 because Jupiter’s gravity pulled the debris... read more

 
1 August 2017 in Regional West, Views: 48
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