The annual starfall of Perseid has already begun and promises to be the brightest astronomical event for many years. While stargazing peak is yet to come, we can already observe falling from the sky green and blue-green light, and this is best done around dawn, when the light of the moon will be weakened.
Perseids began on July 27, will end by August 24, and the maximum intensity of the fall of the stars is expected on August 12 and 13, which almost coincides with the new moon. These days, the meteors will fall into the Earth’s atmosphere at a frequency of 60-70 per hour.
What is the Perseids? When our planet in its orbit crosses the site where the remains of comet Swift-Tuttle preserved, these celestial bodies are attracted to the atmosphere of the Earth in the constellation Perseus area, hence the name of this astronomical phenomenon. They fly at a huge speed of 29 km / s (or 212,000 km / h) and burn, producing a bright light, which for people on the surface of the Earth looks like a stellar rain.
To enjoy the starfall, neither telescopes nor telescopes are needed. It is best to simply look at the sky in a place where it is not blocked by tall buildings and where there is no artificial lighting. It may take about half an hour for the eyes to adapt to the dark, and then you will have a real miracle.