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Perseids meteor shower

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    15th Aug, 2020
  • The Perseids meteor shower is an annual celestial event going to be active from August 17-26.
  • Meteors are bits of rock and ice ejected from comets as they manoeuvre around their orbits around the sun.
  • Meteor showers are witnessed when Earth passes through the trail of debris left behind by a comet or an asteroid.
  • When a meteor reaches the Earth, it is called a meteorite.
  • A series of meteorites when encountered at once is termed as a meteor shower.
  • Perseids meteor shower peaks every year in mid-August.
  • It was first observed over 2,000 years ago.
  • The Perseids occur due to pieces of cosmic debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle.

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