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Perseid meteor shower set to peak on August 11 and 12, 2013

Aug 3 (): Perseid meteor shower 2013 would peak on 11 and 12 August. Perseid meteor shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream.

Perseid meteor showers have started lighting the skies across the world and this year, it is active between July 17 and August 24. They will continue to fall over a period of around two weeks. As the month progresses, the meteor shower will become more and more visible as intensity will be growing as the days progress.

The maximum activity of the Perseid meteor shower 2013 is expected during 11 and 12th August nights 2013. Nearly 100 “shooting stars” per hour are expected to be seen at that period. Reports suggest that this year’s Perseid meteors will be very impressive.

Astronomers say for millions and millions of people those who love to watch meteors, August 11 and 12 will be the appropriate time to go out and watch meteors fall from the sky like breaking stars. Though not all the meteors falling on the earth are very bright, there would be a few meteors every hour that are so bright that it looks like a star is actually falling on earth.

The Perseids are a productive meteor shower related to the comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus.

The stream of debris is called the Perseid cloud and elongated along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Streaking into the upper atmosphere of the Earth at a relatively fast 37 miles (60 km) per second, they create superheated plasma (ionized air molecules) along their path. This incandescent gas, which includes vapour from the burning particle, creates the brief streaks of light, what we see in the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the earliest information on this meteor shower coming from the Far East.

Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.