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Fireworks


Let me guess, even if it weren’t Guy Fawkes you’d have thought I was reffering to these.

Remember to stay safe around these fireworks

Remember to stay safe around these fireworks

But I was actually reffering to this kind of ‘firework’.

A bright meteor, called a fireball, streaked across the sky on 8 August 2007 during the Kappa Cygnid meteor shower.

A bright meteor, called a 'fireball', streaked across the sky on 8 August 2007 during the Kappa Cygnid meteor shower.

The Earth is currently passing through a stream of cometary debris. The dencest parts are likely to encountered tonight and on the 12th – though a gibbous moon could obscure them on the 12th. The Taurids do not produce as many meteors as the Leonid or Perseid showers but this could be a good year for them.

The swarm orbits the Sun every 3.4 years. This means the Earth does not encounter it every year.

You could see as many as 20 streak accross the sky every hour, assuming there aren’t too many other fireworks. The Nothern Hemisphere should get the best show (sorry Jen) though the southern will still see a few.

New Scientist Article

Perseid Meteor Shower


Meteor burning up in the atmosphere. Also Known as a Shooting Star.

Meteor burning up in the atmosphere. Also known as a Shooting Star.

Perseid meteor shower set to dazzle

Tuesday morning will provide one of the year’s best opportunities to see some “shooting stars”, with the peak of the annual Perseid meteor display.
From a dark site, far from city lights, viewers should be able to catch around 60 meteors per hour at the peak. For observers at most locations, the peak will arrive in the early morning hours on Tuesday, local time, before dawn breaks.

Smaller numbers of meteors will be visible on Monday evening, since light from a nearly full Moon will wash out fainter meteors. The number of meteors visible will increase when the Moon sets at around 0130 local time on Tuesday for observers at mid-northern latitudes.

The meteors will appear all over the sky, so the best strategy is to lie down and stare at as large a patch of sky as possible ā€“ away from the Moon, if it is still up. Tracing the paths of the meteors backwards will lead to a point in the constellation Perseus, which gives the yearly display its name.

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