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Perseid Meteor Shower Comes to an End

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For the past week or so, meteors have brightened the night sky and for the past couple of nights, the peak of this annual shower has made a meteor visible every minute. On an average night you can only see 5-6 meteors an hour.

The Perseid meteor shower happens this time every year, caused by the Earth passing through the dust trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle's path. The comet orbits the sun every 130 years and was last closest 20 years ago, leaving dust particles in its wake.

Minnesota State University Moorhead Professor, Dr. Matt Craig, says this type of an event although not rare, is spectacular to witness.

"Grain of sand put's on a really good show when it hits the atmosphere at 100,000 miles per hour," said Craig.

Even though the Earth will now start to leave the dense part of the comets trial, where most of the meteors can be seen, you'll still be able to catch more meteors through the end of the week. Craig recommends looking into the night sky after midnight, up, and to the East for your best shot of catching one.

If you missed the Perseid meteor shower this time around, it'll be back next August. However, astronomers say next years show will be dimmed by a full moon. MSUM scientists and the F-M Astro Club, will also hold a star gazing event Friday, August 16th for anyone who wants to learn more about astronomy.

The viewing will take place at the Regional Science Center Observatory, Friday August 16th, from 8:30 - 10:30 at night. You'll learn how to find the constellations, see the Milky Way, nebulae and star clusters through their telescopes, or you can bring your own binoculars or telescope.



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