Brighter moon takes sheen off Perseids show

Brighter moon takes sheen off Perseids show

Journalist have talked breathlessly about the upcoming solar eclipse which will happen on August 21, but another fantastic astronomic event will happen this weekend.

Some reports claim that this year's Perseid showers will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history, but NASA unfortunately debunked these claims.

In the night from 12 to 13 August, the Ukrainians will be able to admire one of the most spectacular stargazing - will be the Perseid meteor shower. The space agency stated that they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Light pollution from the cities will also make it hard to see the meteors tonight.

A meteor shower is in fact small chunk of a single, large comet falling into Earth's atmosphere.

But this year, the "poor visibility" could be because of the full moon. This shower is a yearly occurrence, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, we get an action-packed show of space dust.

John French, MSU Abrams Planetarium said, "Best place to try to observe a meteor shower is really from any really dark location".

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley.

The Perseids usually have a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60 km per second speed, but this year flare rates are reduced by half owing to the bright moon, he added.