Sark preparing to see meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower comet hit earth dinosaurs

PA SHOWER The Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky tonight

For 2018 however, Sark is considered as the best place to see the shower with it's lack of light pollution.

The cosmic spectacle happens as the Earth ploughs through debris trailing behind the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom tonight - though cloud is forecast in Cumbria. From 11PM-1AM you can enjoy the surroundings of nature at the Wye Marsh and look to the sky.

The event was dubbed "The Tears of St. Lawrence" during the Middle Ages, as every year comes close to the death anniversary of the Catholic saint Laurentius, a deacon executed during the rule of the Roman Emperor Valerian on August 10, in the year 258. Historical observations show that Perseids has been a super active meteor shower for a long time.

For most astronomers and scientists, these showers have been the first meteor watching experience. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle. There are plenty of Nobel Laureates and Fields Medalists who have expressed their appreciation for impressive meteor displays in their childhood which in turn inspired them to pursue their journey in science and research. If inclined so, reliable observations and statistics can be communicated to Belgium-based International Meteor Organizationfor better records of the meteor activity every year.

Aswin Sekhar is an Indian astrophysicist working for University of Oslo, Norway.

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