Sunday, 12 August 2012

WAS at the OSC - Perseids Meteor Shower

The peak of the 2012 Perseids Meteor shower is finally here. 

WAS members out on the lawn preparing their telescopes at the OSC last night,  ready for the event to begin.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs as Earth passes through the outskirts of a cloud of debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The dust and bits of rock left behind burn up if they enter the earth's atmosphere, leaving a bright stream. These burning streams are also known as shooting stars, with many producing bright green flashes as they streak across the night sky.

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