Not even a month after Comet NEOWISE streaked by Earth, the Perseids, one of the most abundant and longest-lasting meteor showers of the year, is lighting up the sky of Palau.
At least 50 meteors, or “shooting stars”, can be seen every hour in the skies between 10pm and 5am. They come from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which is 16 miles across, about 5 times as big as NEOWISE. The comet takes 133 years to orbit the sun, but every year the Earth passes through the trail of particles left in Swift-Tuttle’s wake. The meteors, which appear as rapid bright streaks, are fragments which break from the comet and enter Earth’s atmosphere, burning on their way.
The meteor shower peaked between Tuesday and Wednesday nights, but the spectacle will still be visible until August 24.

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