Perseids meteor shower lights up the sky

If you have happened to look up in the sky tonight you may have more than likely seen a beautiful ‘shooting star’. This is the Perseids meteor shower and is actually due to the earth moving into the orbit path of a comet called Swift-Tuttle. Debris that has fallen off trails behind the comet and as the earth moves into Swift-Tuttle’s orbit these hit the atmosphere. The friction caused by the air causes the shard to heat up to incredible temperatures and disintegrate away. If you haven’t seen them yet and its clear where you are then get outside it won’t take to long to see them.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2013


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