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Brighter moon takes sheen off Perseids show

Brighter moon takes sheen off Perseids show

A DAZZLING display of shooting stars will light up Britain's skies as the best meteor shower of the year takes place.

Earlier this week, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield chatted with one of our sister stations, Jack FM and talked about how up in outer space, you can actually hear the meteorites ricocheting off the space station.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is in its peak this weekend, and you'll be lucky if you get to see about 40 to 50 meteors per hour.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

You needn't worry about an Armageddon / Deep Impact-type scenario happening, as most of the showers are no bigger than a grain of sand. For more details about the Perseid Meteor Shower, Space.com has some great information right here.




With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley. At certain times they could be close together and at others seem to disappear.

The Perseids are so named because they appear to originate from the constellation Perseus, in the north east of the night sky.

Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG) organised the Persied Meteor Shower event at Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre in Mushrif Park, Dubai.

The Perseid Meteor Shower has been going on since July 17, but it will peak tonight.

This year, as many as two of the streaking flashes of light could be visible every minute given a good location away from built up areas and clear skies.


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