The starry sky always fascinated a person with its grandeur and mysterious beauty. Astronomers interpreted the bright strokes in the sky as divine signs warning mortals about future events.
Modern science of stars – astronomy, allows you to give a rational explanation for most of the cosmic events. However, even long-known celestial bodies sometimes give surprises, and the seemingly immutable truth acquires a completely different meaning.
A few days remain until the moment when the inhabitants of Cyprus will be able to observe the peak of the brightest of the starfalls of 2019 – the Perseid meteor shower in August.
Astronomers expect at its maximum of 100 or more falling stars per hour.
Recall, the annual flow consists of the residual dust plume of Comet Swift-Tattle, which flew in 1862, but the Earth still regularly passes through its trail. Last seen a comet in 1992. The period of its circulation is 135 years. It is expected that in 2126 the comet will return and come closer to our planet by 23 million kilometers, and in 4479 – by 4.5 million kilometers. Earthlings, who are lucky to live on the planet during this period, are waiting for colorful spectacles. After all, the comet is huge. Its core reaches 26 kilometers in diameter. This, by the way, explains the fact that the Comet Swift-Tuttl leaves a train so saturated with particles.
The night of August 12 in Cyprus will not be completely dark, the almost full moon will darken some weak streams, but not the bright Perseids – they will be seen very well.
Experienced observers rightly recommend to admire the starfalls outside the city – where the sky is darker. Telescope or binoculars are not needed – meteors are clearly visible to the naked eye.
Watching the falling Perseids usually begin at 11 pm local time, looking to the northeast. After midnight, the intensity of the flow, as a rule, increases, and it becomes especially intense at about 4.30 in the morning.