Sark preparing to see meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower comet hit earth dinosaurs

"The moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent, and the shower's predicted peak is timed especially well for North America", Diana Hannikainen, Sky & Telescope magazine's observing editor, said in a statement. "It is really cool when you think about this as you see the these meteors falling from the sky", remarks Dr Quanzhi Ye, a planetary scientist based at California Institute of Technology, USA.

The phenomenon, known as the Perseids, occurs in August every year, when the earth moves through the solar orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

While visibility will be better in the countryside, the meteor shower will also be observable from towns and cities.

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As you can see from the video, green lights shoot across a star-filled sky in a truly awe-inspiring display.

The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

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Gal suggests that starry-eyed hopefuls view the meteor shower in dark places with low cloud coverage like Makapuu or Sandy's Beach. NASA says the best time to see the shower is between 2 a.m. and dawn local time-but the shower will be visible as early as 9 p.m.

As the meteor shower peaks, we bring you a primer on the celestial fireworks.

Whilst meteors can be seen on any night, at certain times of the year their numbers drastically increase. Skies should be clearing and by the time we hit that peak viewing time after 1 AM it should be partly cloudy to clear.

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