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Starting from tonight .. an astronomical phenomenon described as “the best of this year” will decorate the sky until mid-August

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Perseid meteor showers across the sky over Washington, D.C. on August 13, 2015

NASA revealed that the “best meteor showers of the year” are getting warmer as the Perseids approach their peak in mid-August.

The astronomical event is classified as one of the best shows in the solar system, and is expected to launch in the lighting of the sky starting from the evening of Wednesday, July 14.

The Perseid meteor showers are generated annually by the large comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle, which has been in its orbit for thousands of years, and its orbit around the sun takes 133 years. the sun. The comet has a dust belt that has an orbit around the sun that intersects with the Earth’s orbit every year, and as a result of this intersection, the Earth passes through the belt, which causes the atmosphere to friction at high speed with dust, and leads to the emergence of bright and attractive light represented by meteor showers.

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According to NASA, Showers will be active from July 14 through August 24 with a peak in mid-August. The US space agency says it is “the best meteor shower of the year”.

The Perseids are reputed to be one of the most enduring astronomical phenomena and the incredible potential of fireballs.

Explaining the phenomenon, NASA said: “The Perseid showers are one of the heaviest (50 to 100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer night weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them.”

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Fireballs occur when larger pieces of comet debris hit the atmosphere, resulting in long, bright streaks.

The phenomenon can easily be spotted just by going out at night and looking at the sky away from light pollution, but there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of seeing a good show, including getting up early, as the pre-dawn hours are the prime viewing time for showers.

It is noteworthy that the phenomenon is called “the Perseid meteor” in reference to the constellation of Perseus (or as it is known as the holder of Ra’s al-Ghul), a space area that contains many details of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and double stars, and appears in the form of an image embodying a man carrying the head of al-Ghul.

Source: CNET