Treat for stargazers! Here are some stunning pictures of Perseid meteor shower [Photos]

Northern hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat on Thursday night with a rare shooting star “outburst”, which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a bright Moon. Reuters

FP Staff August 12, 2016 23:38:17 IST
Northern hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat on Thursday night with a rare shooting star “outburst”, which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a bright Moon. Reuters
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Northern hemisphere sky-gazers are in for a special treat on Thursday night with a rare shooting star “outburst”, which astronomers hope will not be marred by clouds and a bright Moon. Reuters
For about an hour around 2300 GMT, there will be more than double the usual fireball activity associated with the annual Perseid meteor shower. Reuters
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For about an hour around 2300 GMT, there will be more than double the usual fireball activity associated with the annual Perseid meteor shower. Reuters
The Perseids happen when Earth hits a wide belt of debris left behind by the comet Tuttle-Swift on its elongated, 133-year orbit around the Sun. Reuters
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The Perseids happen when Earth hits a wide belt of debris left behind by the comet Tuttle-Swift on its elongated, 133-year orbit around the Sun. Reuters
“The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet fly-bys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago,” Nasa meteoroid expert Bill Cooke said in a statement. Reuters
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“The meteors you’ll see this year are from comet fly-bys that occurred hundreds if not thousands of years ago,” Nasa meteoroid expert Bill Cooke said in a statement. Reuters