Dazzling Perseid meteor shower expected next week: museum

Dazzling Perseid meteor shower expected next week: museum

Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Stargazers in Taiwan could be treated to a spectacular Perseid meteor shower show between Aug. 11-12 with double the number of shooting stars than previous years, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Thursday.

Considered one of the most prolific meteor showers each year -- along with the Quadrantids in January and the Geminids in December -- the Perseids will peak between 10 p.m., Aug. 11, and sunrise the next day, with over 150 meteors per hour predicted.

The Perseid meteor shower forms as a result of Earth's passage through a steam of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, and will be experiencing what astronomers call an "outburst" this year as the comet's dust trails will be pulled closer by Jupiter's gravity, the museum said.

This means that the Earth will come closer to the comet dust trail, it explained.

The weather forecast for late next week is not available at the moment, the Central Weather Bureau data showed. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-03-05 22:55 GMT+08:00