Perseid meteor shower lights up the sky with spectacular displays

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Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night.

Another said: "Experiencing my first ever Perseid Meteor Shower and actually seeing stars in this way is just handsome and wow".

Keep your fingers crossed that another good night to view the Perseid meteor shower is still in the stars. While visibility will be better in the countryside, the meteor shower will also be observable from towns and cities.

"During the peak nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13, more than 100 meteors (shooting stars) can be seen per hour", Ottawa astronomer Gary Boyle told this newspaper last week.

The Perseid meteor shower is all set to peak Monday night with strong activity time this year.

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Once darkness falls, sky-watchers can expect to see one of the shooting stars every few minutes.

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi.

This Perseid meteor shower is the result of Earth travelling through the gritty debris of Commet Swift-Tuttle that passed by Earth in 1992. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

Accuweather recommends viewers "Lay on your back and watch the whole sky, not just the radiant point, and avoid looking at your phone and other light sources", when viewing the meteor shower. "It is really cool when you think about this as you see the these meteors falling from the sky", remarks Dr Quanzhi Ye, a planetary scientist based at California Institute of Technology, USA. Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky.

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