It will be a show you won't want to miss. The Perseid Meteor Shower is due to make another appearance in the night sky this month..
 

"The meteors that we see are little grains of dust that are burning up in the atmosphere and the origin of the dust is comets," said Professor Jaroem Still of the University of Calgary. "This comet is called Swift-Tuttle, which passed by the Earth in the 1990s I believe. It takes more than a century to go around so if the comet is in the neighborhood it releases extra dust."

According to Still, the Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the brightest showers of the year.

"The point in space where these things seem to be coming from is just like snowflakes if you drive through a snow storm, all the snowflakes seem to come from a certain point. It's very similar on the cosmic scale so the point they seem to come from is rising in the sky in the early morning hours. That's a great time to watch them," explained Still.

Still added to make sure to avoid the moonlight glare as anything bright will make the shower difficult to see.

"You can see them all night, wait until it gets dark, stay away from bright lights, take a lawn chair, look up and be patient and you will see them," he noted.

The Perseid Meteor Shower approaches on August 12.

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