On the night of 13 August, the Russians will be able to observe the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. The earth is closer to the trail of particles left by the comet swift-Tuttle, a distance of less than 80 thousand km, tells Discovery News.
The convergence of the planets and cometary track will happen on 12 August at 20:40 Moscow time. Particles ranging in size from several mm to several cm, moving at speeds up to 60 km per second, hits the atmosphere of the planet - this event will be accompanied by a bright glow.
Only on the night of 13 August on the territory of Russia can be observed up to 100 meteors per hour. On the night of 14 August, the number of meteors will be reduced in 2 times.
Perseid meteor shower is active each year from 17 July to 24 August, the high falls, in most cases, on August 12. The number of meteors traditionally reaches 60 per hour. The name of the thread was in honor of the constellation of Perseus.