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Stargazers to witness dramatic cosmic display of meteor shower on August 12

Stargazers to witness dramatic cosmic show of meteor shower on August 12

The annual meteor shower started on July 17 and will continue till August 24. But the very best opportunity to see it will be on August 12, from about 9pm to the early morning hours of August 13. Perseids happens typically each and every year in August with a flare price of about 80-100 per hour at 60km per second speed. It is anticipated that enthusiasts will be in a position to have a great show this time as the evening will be dark simply because of the moon becoming in its crescent phase.

Ali bin Amer al Shaibani, deputy chairman of the Oman Astronomical Society mentioned that meteor shower happens when the Earth passes in orbit about the sun via the dust and debris of comet Swift-Tuttle, which is the biggest object recognized to repeatedly pass by the Earth.

He added that meteor shower is really pieces of comet debris that get heated up as they enter the atmosphere and burn up in a vibrant burst of light, streaking a vivid path across the sky as they travel at 60km per second.

Shaibani explained that amateur astronomers in 2016 monitored about 150 meteors per hour. This year also, the visibility of the shower is anticipated to be great. “The moon will be a crescent, which indicates it will set prior to the Perseid show gets beneath way following midnight.
“The moon is extremely favourable for the Perseids this year, and that’ll make the Perseids most likely the very best shower of 2018 for individuals who want to go out and view it,” mentioned Bill Cooke, NASA’s meteor professional.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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