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Look up into the night sky on the 11th of August Look up into the night sky on the 11th of August

Meteor shower to light up night sky – the tears of St. Lawrence

By  Aug 10, 2016

This month astronomy lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy in the brightest meteor shower ever during the overnight hours of the 11th of August into the morning hours of the 12th of August.

''The tears of St Lawrence'' as this sky watching event is known in Croatia, or the Perseid meteor shower is considered to be one of the most spectacular celestial events in the world of astronomy. According to the Croatian Astronomical Union, the celestial shower will begin with a large number of smaller meteors, whilst the bigger ones are expected to be seen from 1.23 a.m. till the early morning hours of Friday. At first enjoyment in the meteor shower could be interfered by the Moon but during the maximum activity of Perseids the conditions for observation will be ideal.

This year Earth is passing through a somewhat denser cloud of meteorites thus 160 meteors per hour are expected during the maximum activity of Perseids, which are 60 meteors more than the average. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke said - ''This year, instead of seeing about 80 Perseids per hour, the rate could top 150 and even approach 200 meteors per hour''.

Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky but they usually look like they are coming from the constellation of Persus. They are produced by the Comet Swift-Tuttle which produces gas and dust when it approaches the Sun. The encounter of Earth and the comet's tail takes place every year between July and August, whilst the collision of dust particles with the atmosphere produces Perseid shooting stars.

If you'd like to enjoy in this spectacular celestial event, the Croatian Astronomical Union advices you to find a dark place with clear skies away from cities' light pollution.