Perseid meteor shower

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The Perseid meteor shower has put on a superb show around the world.

The Perseid meteor shower is a series of meteorites that are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

We get to see them on earth every year as the earth goes past the comment.

It is named after the Perseus constellation which is the point from which they appear to come from in the night sky.

As these chunks of celestial rock fall from space through the Earth’s atmosphere, they appear as bright streaks of light zipping across the sky.

Due to the angle from which spectators watch the shower from the earth, the meteors you see – if you’re lucky enough – will appear to emerge from a single point in the sky known as the ‘shower radiant’.

The Perseids are popular with stargazers because the shower usually sees around 60-100 meteors per hour. However, this year’s shower is expected to be particularly impressive, with up to 150 meteors per hour.

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