Perseid Meteor Shower enjoyed best at dawn, says astronomer

North America is going to encounter an unusual meteor shower beginning this August 11 that will continue till the 14th Aug. Little bright objects from the Perseid Meteor Shower are going to fall down spreading the light across the happy faces of people watching them. Call it romantic or the beauty of the mother nature, North America is going to experience most amazing meteor showers ever.

Nobody wants to miss this opportunity and so the recreational beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is going to be open all night for people there to experience the meteor shower and will close at the dawn of Aug 14 – the day when the magic ends falling from the sky.

The maximum of meteor showers will begin on the Aug 11 with a full moon appearing on the night of August 14th. Astronomers suggest that the best time to watch the shower is at the dawn.

However, before this would begin, there would be an Astronomy 101 presentation at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center which will be conducted by the experts from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center. The limit of people getting in each session is only 120, and this will continue irrespective of the weather.

Persons wishing to experience the shower must enter the wildlife refuge before the gates close at 10 P.M. or there are no chances for them to get an experience of the rain from the Wildlife Refuge. Nothing to worry, there are options as well to experience these beautiful little flashes under the cool moonlight. One can make the car’s roof a perfect place for this.

Authorities will be making sure that there is minimum light so as to make the shower look even better. All the campfires and lights will also be put out as soon as the clock hits 10 P.M.

Astronomers suggest that this is going to be the most amazing meteor shower in the absence of the moonlight, and also because the density of meteors is much more than the previous rains in the past.

So what’s meteor shower is? A meteor shower occurs when many meteors enter the Earth’s atmosphere at a very high speed and parallelly. Earth’s gravitational pull makes them increase their speed, and the friction of the atmosphere causes them burn at a very high speed that before they could touch the surface, they are all turned into the ashes.

However, in past, scientists has raised red flags about massive meteors colliding with the Earth. If a meteor is sized 1/100 times the Earth, it could cause substantial damage as the atmospheric friction won’t be able to burn it down to the ashes.

Meteors are formed when two planets collide with each other and turned up into debris consisting of big chunks of stones. These meteors are also from an adjacent belt.