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

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

The Perseids meteor shower has returned to the skies, putting on a spectacular show for stargazers in the northern hemisphere.

The Perseids are actually visible from July 17 to August 24, although it peaks Sunday into Monday morning.

The Perseid shower is also known for fireballs-especially bright meteors-that leave long wakes of light and color in the sky as they sail through the Earth's atmosphere.

Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of attractive shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars.

We're talking the Perseid meteor shower, which is visible every year when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.




The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.

"If you can get away from the city to a dark sky, you could see as many as one a minute, that would be sort of the higher level", says Brar.

Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear".

"This shower is named after the constellation Perseus, from which the meteors appear to come from in the sky". But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors!


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