Fireball Champion to Appear Soon in the Sky

Fireball Champion to Appear Soon in the Sky

The Perseids meteor will appear soon to provide a delight to sky watchers. Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office recently declared it the fireball champion of annual meteor showers.

Fireballs are known as bright meteors that have the glowing intensity similar to brightness of Jupiter and Venus in the night sky. Cook said in a statement, "We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other. It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 12 and 13".

Since 2008, Cooke and his team have been putting serious efforts to figure out fireball activity. They have been using a network of meteor cameras dispersed across the southern United States.

NASA released a chart to show that on an average Perseid meteors are the brightest of all the annual showers. The Perseid meteor is now known to occur every year August. It is the time when earth passes through a stream of dust and debris left in the wake of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Light streaks across the sky are created because of collision of stray bits of comet dust with earth's atmosphere at a speed of 132,000 mph. The slam into atmosphere leads them to burn up. As a result, light is created in the sky.

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