Meteor shower lights up skies over Bosnia

A Perseid meteor shower

Scientists are saying the Perseid meteor showers the next few nights promise to be rather stellar. The meteor shower will be peaking after midnight and over 50 per hour may be spotted during the peak of the event.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an worldwide group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the town of Foca. When a meteoroid enters the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, it burns up due to friction with air particles.

"With a diameter of 26 kilometres, Comet Swift-Tuttle is one of the largest known objects that periodically visit the near-earth space". It last flew by Earth during its orbit around the Sun in 1992. What we witness this month are also remnants from that fly-by. The next time will be 2126.

The Perseids appear every year from the constellation Perseus. They are too small to be called planets and hence they are also called minor planets.

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As comets get closer to the sun, their frozen surfaces begin to boil off, leaving dust and rock in their wakes. It contains ice and gas. The same times are best for Sunday night into Monday morning as well.

The next meteor shower that has the name Dracona, can be seen from 8 to 10 October.

At best, a typical Perseid meteor shower produces 80 to a few hundred meteors per hour.

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