Perseids 2017: a nighttime spectacle of star flashes

The Perseids are probably the most popular meteor shower that can be seen in the night sky until August 24. The peak of the Perseid meteor shower, i.e. the largest number of visible meteors, is expected on the night of August 12-13, 2017. At that time, more than 60 meteors per hour will light up the sky.

Perseids, also known in Europe as 'Tears of Saint Lawrence', was discovered in 1835 by the Belgian Adolphe Quetelet. The phenomenon takes place in time, when St. Lawrence celebrates, that is August 10th. We can observe them from July 17 onwards, maximum impressions but it appears right in the night sky August 12. Then we can see more than 60 meteors per hour, and the average particle speed is around 59 km/s.

The 2017 Perseids will peak on August 12.
The 2017 Perseids will peak on August 12.

Also Perseids 2017 will shine the most this year right on the night of August 12 to 13 (ie from Saturday to Sunday). Astronomers aren't expecting a particularly large number of blips this year, but don't let that put you off watching for it a wonderful celestial phenomenon.

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