August’s full moon likely to outshine Perseid meteor shower, NASA astronomer says

The moon’s bright light will overpower the meteors’ shine and stargazers should expect to see 10-20 meteors per hour at best, unlike last year.

NASA astronomer Bill Cooke reports that the Perseid meteor shower will peak on Aug. 12 and 13 this year, at the same time as the August full moon. The moon’s bright light will overpower the meteors’ shine, and stargazers should expect to see 10-20 meteors per hour at best, unlike last year.
The Perseids is the most beloved meteor shower in the Northern Hemisphere. This celestial event happens when there is a spike in the quantity of “shooting stars” seen streaking through the night sky. The Perseids get their name from the radiant they seem to originate from, the constellation Perseus.
National Geographic defines meteors as the streaks of light we see when tiny pieces of space debris burn up at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere while travelling at high speeds. The Perseids travel around 130,000 miles per hour and tend to strengthen in numbers past midnight until early dawn.
The August Perseid meteor shower comes annually, with colourful meteors that frequently leave persistent trains. Under normal conditions, an area with low light pollution and clear skies can expect 50 to 75 visible Perseid meteors at the shower’s peak.

Related: Asteroid PF rushing towards Earth, says NASA! Will it hit the planet tomorrow?

The latest asteroid to approach Earth, named Asteroid 2022 PF, is expected to miss Earth by just a few million miles. Notably, the Earth is being bombarded by asteroids as this is the third one to fly by our planet so closely in just a week. The asteroid is expected to pass Earth during the early hours of August 9, around 8:34am UT.
NASA keeps a check on all Near-Earth objects (NEOs) for any potential danger towards Earth. The Asteroid 2022 PF was discovered just a month ago, heading for Earth. The asteroid will pass Earth at a distance of nearly 9.4 million kilometers.
The Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are monitored by NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office which monitors the sky with telescopes and keeps a track of upcoming flybys. Keeping a track of these NEOs has become relatively easy with the advancement of technology. With the help of advanced telescopes, more than 750,000 asteroids have been discovered to date out of which over 27,000 are near-Earth asteroids.
This asteroid is nearly the size of a house. It is confirmed that it belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids which are Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) with perihelion distances less than 1.017 AU, and semi-major axis greater than 1 AU.


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