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Perseid Meteor Shower? A Meteor Shower In Lebanon

Posted on: August 13, 2016

7 Cool Facts About The Perseid Meteor Shower from (Aug. 8 to 13)

And Delta Aquarids shower in Aug. 23.

Whether you’re an astrophile or not, you’ll probably end up on cloud nine at the sight of a shooting star!

Lucky for you, the Perseid meteor shower is at its peak between August 9 and August 13. #MySummerEdition along with the Live Love Family has got a nice surprise for you on August 12.

Until then, here are seven things you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower:

Bassam Jalgha, Romy Assouad and 9 others like Beirut.com.

One: It’s actually happening now!

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a trail of meteoroids that are in a comet’s orbit (produced when the comet comes close to the sun). Different meteor showers occur every year at the same time.

The Perseid shower is the one happening in Mid-August.

Two: Comet Swift-Tuttle is colossal!

What’s Comet Swift-Tuttle? Comet Swift-Tuttle is the source of the meteors that make up the Perseid meteor shower.

It is one of the largest objects known to repeatedly cross paths with Earth. Just how large is this Comet? Comet Swift-Tuttle stretches more than 16 miles wide, roughly equal to the object that wiped out the dinosaurs! Lucky for us, it won’t be colliding with earth anytime soon. (But eventually?)

Three: Most, if not all of us, may never see Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Unless you’re well into your 30s, chances are you haven’t and won’t ever witness Comet Swift-Tuttle, last seen in 1992. (And I didn’t see it. As if nothing happened). Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 130 years.

Prior to 1992, it had last been seen in 1862, August Lumière was born in the same year.

Four: Perseids are fast and furious.

When Earth passes through the trail of meteors left by Swift-Tuttle, Perseid meteors strike the atmosphere at 140,000 mph while compressing and heating up the air in front of it, which results in the meteor heating up and shattering in a blink of an eye.

Five: Meteor shower extravaganza!

The Perseid shower isn’t the only meteor shower around, the Delta Aquarids shower is also happening right now and will continue until around August 23.

Catching a glimpse of both showers overlapping will very much depend on your location. To make things even more awesome, the Perseid shower is expected to have an outburst that could yield as many as 50 meteors per hour!

Six: First quarter moon on August 10.

The moonlight’s brightness can be disruptive when watching meteor showers. Fortunately, the first quarter moon sets near the middle of the night. That doesn’t mean that you won’t have to get out of town because artificial lights are also disruptive.

Seven: You don’t need fancy equipment to watch the shower!

You won’t need binoculars, a telescope or any kind of equipment, just gather a group of friends and get out of town. Remember that stargazing is a waiting game, it takes about 30 minutes for the eyes to adjust to the dark and the longer the wait the better you’ll see.

Don’t forget to bring something comfortable to sit on, some snacks and lots of bug spray, the rest is about chillaxing and looking up for the celestial show.

Keep an eye out on #MySummerEdition, and gear up to August 12 at 140,000 mph!

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