August 19, 2016 11:00 am
Recently, in some parts of the world, a natural phenomenon took place that filled the skies with bright and dreamy colours: the famous meteor shower. This astrological wonder happens around the same time every year, beginning in mid-July and peaking between 9th and 14th August. It is known as the Perseids, owing to the fact that the meteors appear to come from a specific point in the constellation Perseus.
This year, the Perseid shower was even more spectacular than usual, with red colours filling the sky like fireballs coming from a mythical place somewhere in the vast universe. This was due to a gravitational nudge by Jupiter which made the sightings even more intense.
Not unexpectedly, your enjoyment of these celestial sightings will always depend on several factors, including, but not limited to, the meteorological conditions. You should preferably find a quiet and isolated spot, away from artificial lights and any kind of crowd, before you set your eyes on the dark sky above. Though you can be alone, it´s always best if you´re with someone who shares your interest in stargazing. If everything goes as planned, be prepared to feel amazed and bewildered by this spectacle from Mother Nature.
Written by Joao Almeida
Terminology Trainee at Termcoord
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