Perseid Meteor Shower:
The NASA All Sky Fireball Network is already detecting the first meteors of this year’s Perseid meteor shower
- Meteor Shower is a space rock that comes into Earth’s atmosphere.
- As it falls, the air makes it really hot because of the friction.
- The bright streak we see is not the rock itself, but the hot air around it.
- When many space rocks hit the atmosphere over Earth together, we call it a meteor shower.
- These meteors travel at incredible speeds, reaching tens of thousands of kilometers per hour before disintegrating due to the intense heat generated by friction with the atmosphere.
- Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most popular and well-known meteor showers that occurs annually.
- It usually takes place in August, specifically around August 11th to 13th, with its peak occurring around August 12th.
- These meteors are fast and bright, leaving trails of light and color behind them as they move through the sky.
- During the Perseids, you can see around 50 to 100 meteors every hour.
- They usually show up when the weather is warm and the nights are comfortable for watching the sky.
- The Perseids are special because they often generate fireballs.
- Fireballs are big bursts of light and color that last longer than a regular shooting star.
- This happens because fireballs come from larger pieces of material from comets.