The annual celestial event, Perseid Meteor Shower is all set to take place in the month of August. A meteor shower is a yearly event, but Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 is said to be a more exciting experience even by its usual standards. According to a story, which now has gone insanely viral, claims 12th August 2017 date to have no night. The theory given by Astronomy-Physics.com states that the sky will be lit by the presence of bright moonlight along with Perseids, giving it an illusion of daylight. The report says the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower to be the brightest recorded meteor showers in the history. This theory though has been squashed by NASA report which informs that the Perseid Meteor Shower will be less effective due to the sky being covered with the three-quarters full moon. Bill Cooke, the NASA Scientist, told Space.com. “Instead of 80 to 100, [there will be] 40 to 50 per hour. And that’s just because the moon’s going to wash out the fainter ones,” he added. Perseids or bright moonlight, save the date, August 12, 2017, for it may be too glowed to have a night. Solar Eclipse 2017 Date and Time: Where and How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in Canada and US. Also Read - Leonid Meteor Shower 2017: How And When To Watch This Week’s 'Shooting Stars' Celestial Phenomenon
Perseids, made of tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle are one of the most prolific meteor showers occurring annually. The outstanding cosmic event is caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Every year, the shower is visible from mid-July with the peak in activity from August 9-14, depending on the particular location of the stream. While other meteor showers also take place, Perseid Meteor Shower holds a lot of interest as one can see 60 to 100 meteors per hour from a dark place. Total Solar Eclipse 2017: You Can Be a Citizen Scientist With NASA at The Rare Celestial Event in The US. Also Read - Get ready for Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday night
2017 Perseid Meteor Shower is specifically more in the news after a story about it being the brightest ever went viral on the social media. According to the theory published, “There is going to be a meteor shower on 12th of August, 2017. According to astronomers, this will be the brightest shower in the recorded human history. It will light up the night sky, and some of these [sic] might even be visible during the day. This meteor shower is being considered as once [sic] in a lifetime opportunity as the next meteor shower of such kind will be after 96 years.” But this seems to be a far-fetched claim made in the article. Also Read - 12th August No Night Date Truth Revealed by NASA: Watch Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 with Bright Full Moon
While Perseid Meteor Shower 2017 would indeed peak on August 12, but it is not going to be overly bright because of the presence of the bright and waning moon in the sky. In the month of August 2017, Perseids is falling in between a lunar eclipse and the much-promising total solar eclipse. An average shower sees about 80 to 100 meteors per hour, but this year, because of a bright three-quarters moon, that rate will drop to 40 to 50 per hour, Space.com reported.
Meanwhile, according to the Nasa.gov reports, Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Alabama was quoted saying, “Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.” An outburst is a meteor shower with more meteors than usual, with the last such event happening in 2009. The best way to watch the natural phenomenon is to see in the Northern Hemisphere from a dark place. The universe is full of unexplained mysteries, and Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the exciting occurrences which has cemented its place with spectacular views over the years. (Edited By: Rashmi Mishra).