Tuesday, September 27

Astronomy

Astronomy

Perseid meteor shower 2022: how and where to watch in Australia | Australia news

After the night sky in Australia was illuminated by a trio of meteor showers – the Piscis Austrinids, the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids late last month, stargazers will be able to see the 2022 Perseid meteor shower peak on 13 August.The Perseids are considered by Nasa to be “the best meteor shower of the year”. This year, however, they coincide with a full moon on 12 August, resulting in less than ideal viewing conditions. Due to the brightness of the Perseids, though, some meteors should still be visible in a sky illuminated by moonlight.What are meteor showers?Meteor showers occur when cosmic debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The source of this debris is often from comets, which have long orbits around the sun.“Like my cat, comets shed bits,” says Professor Orso...