The Perseid meteor shower 2016, which can be seen in August, will be more dazzling this year according to the NASA officials.
The possibility of the Earth colliding with three or more streams from Comet Swift-Tuttle could nearly increase the usual rate of meteors by two folds, resulting in a spectacular meteor shower.
“Here’s something to think about: The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet flybys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago,” Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Alabama, said in the statement. “And they’ve traveled billions of miles before their kamikaze run into Earth’s atmosphere.”
This will allow the shooting-star seekers an amazing opportunity to witness the long trail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle in a much awe-inspiring way than seen in the last few years. According to the predictions by the forecasters, the breathtaking Perseid meteor shower 2016 can be seen on the night of August 11-12.
NASA‘s Jane Houston Jones said in a video guide that there will be an interference of the Perseids with the moon’s light, which will set at about 1 a.m. on August 12. She advised that it would best to look out for them after the moonset, Space reported.
“Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of August 11-12,” Cooke said. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.”
According to a report by the CNet, the meteors assumes a speed of 132,000 miles per hour while darting through the space. At this speed, even the tiny dust particles are capable of creating a bright streak of light after coming in contact with the earth’s atmosphere. NASA has assured that the earth is at no risk in the upcoming Perseid meteor shower as the foreign object will burn up before reaching the surface of our planet.