The universe has been around for about 13.7 billion years old. It holds a pandora’s box of unexplored and some unexplained mysteries. Astronomy is best defined at explaining such events. Eyes on the skies gazing away at stars in your comfortable blankets may be a rewarding and comfortable experience. But what about multiple shooting stars in sight ?
Rare occurrence ? Don’t believe me ?
Well, you are in for one such visual treat this August.
You can witness a spectacular historical and astronomical event this 12th of August. The 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower is believed to be one of the brightest meteor showers to have been ever recorded. For this you just need to find an open space with a clear view of the skies. If the claims are to be believed, lighting up the sky will have a whole new meaning this month. These shooting stars will light up the night skies on August 12 as bright as day time.
According to the official NASA reports, “Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12. Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.”
According to astronomy experts some of these lit up meteors may even be visible during the day. This bright cosmic aerial show is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity for one to observe. Astronomers have claimed that such a kind of visual demonstration will be occurring again after 86 years.
NASA describes the Perseid Meteor shower to occur when our planet passes through a trail of debris. Ancient comets leave behind such form of cosmic debris. Remember space shuttles entering the Earth’s atmosphere in those sci-fi movies ? Cosmic streams of such debris called meteoroids enter our atmosphere the same way and are lit up.
Why the Perseid Meteor Shower is a much more visually interesting is because one can observe up to a 100 meteors fly pass in an hour from a dark spot.
#WoovlyFunFact : Did you know that some of those sparkly stars that you see at night are actually dead? Sad right? Light from the stars take light years to actually make it to our line of sight. So, the stars that you see are a reflection of their past.