Peak meteor shower this year could be observed in the night from 12 to 13 August. The green color was created, at least in part, by the meteor's gas glowing as it vaporized.
Watching the shower doesn't require any special equipment, but viewers should stay find a spot away from artificial light, and NASA recommends allowing about 30 minutes without light-including your smartphone!-for your eyes to adjust to the dark.
Scientists are saying the Perseid meteor showers the next few nights promise to be rather stellar.
When an asteroid collides with another, they break into small pieces. The particles (meteors) burn up due to gases in our atmosphere, leaving a bright streak in the sky. Majority burn so hot that they disintegrate as they enter Earth's atmosphere. This comet is the largest known of its kind to repeatedly pass by earth.
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Meteorite: If a meteoroid enters the atmosphere and falls to the surface of the Earth without vaporising, it is called a meteorite. The meteors left behind from those orbits specifically are directly responsible for Earth's visible meteor showers.
The next meteor shower that has the name Dracona, can be seen from 8 to 10 October.
As comets get closer to the sun, their frozen surfaces begin to boil off, leaving dust and rock in their wakes.
What is a meteor shower? They are the Perseids, occurring this month and the Geminids that take place in December.