Next week will be a star rain


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7.08.11.V night of 12 to 13 August in Latvia will be seen again "star rain", the website This period falls peak Perseids meteor.

Meteor rain, visible to the naked eye, can be observed on 12 and 13 August, after 0:30 Latvian time.

It is assumed that in the absence of clouds in the sky can be observed around 60 meteors per hour. At the same time, as for the same period is the full moon to the naked eye can only see the brightest "shooting stars."

Meteors — is tiny fragments of comet dust entering the earth's atmosphere at a speed of about 50 kilometers per second and burn up in it. "The particles themselves are very small. But even a meteor the size of a pea can look in the night sky as bright as Jupiter, "- said Neil Bone, head of the section of meteors British Astronomical Society. According to the calculations of astronomers, about one thousand five hundred or a meteor in the light intensity can be compared to Venus, which is the brightest in the Earth's sky.

Meteor rain starts when the Earth crosses the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. This generates a comet and Leonids, rain of which can be seen in November.



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