Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies

Gwen Vasquez
August 13, 2018

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most reliable showers year-after-year as Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates has been in orbit for thousands of years.

Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night.

Accuweather recommends viewers "Lay on your back and watch the whole sky, not just the radiant point, and avoid looking at your phone and other light sources", when viewing the meteor shower.

The meteors are best seen after midnight and from a dark place outside the city. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. Scientists think that the Perseid meteors we see nowadays are produced by comet Swift-Tuttle about 25,000 years ago.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

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The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the sky and hence the name Perseids. Best viewing times will be between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

"Every year in August, we sort of sweep through the leftovers of that comet and the tiny little particles that it left behind enter into the Earth's atmosphere", explains Brar.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

A dazzling display of shooting stars lit up the skies of the world last night, with stargazers getting the treat of a lifetime.

If one can pick a spot with lesser light pollution and look up when it is least cloudy, you are in for a celestial treat! Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

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