The BBC is pulling its annual trick of promising skygazers a "dazzling display" of Perseid meteors this week, as the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Peak meteor activity will be tomorrow night (Wednesday August 12) from around 2300 UK time, and enthusiasts can expect "at least one every few minutes". Alan MacRobert, senior ed at Sky & Telescope told Auntie: "The nearly moonless sky this year means the viewing will be excellent."
Back in 2009, Reg reader Bill Pinnell caught some open sky and got this nice snap of a small piece of Swift-Tuttle going out in a blaze of glory:
Perseid meteor captured by Bill Pinnell back in 2009.
The Perseids are so named because they appear to originate from a "radiant" in the constellation Perseus. Whether Perseus itself will be visible tomorrow night depends of course on the weather gods, who frequently thwart mankind's dreams of endazzlement. ®
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