On the night of August 12 the citizens of Ukraine and other countries of Northern hemisphere witnessed peak of one of the brightest starshowers – Perseid meteor shower.
The Perseids Meteor Shower builds slowly, beginning in late July when you might see 3 to 4 an hour. They peak when Earth passes through the densest part of the cometary debris stream on August 12th-13th. At their peak, under clear, dark skies, you may see as many as 60 meteors an hour. Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are sand grain sized debris shed from a comet, in this case, Comet Swift-Tuttle. As the Earth passes through the comet’s debris trail every year, some particles enter our atmosphere and vaporize, generating the bright streaks we call meteors.
This year the people of Earth will observe at least four other powerful meteor showers: Draconid meteor shower with its peak on October 8 – 10, Orionid meteor shower with its peak on November 2 – 7, prolific Leonids meteor shower (November 14 – 21), Geminids meteor shower (December 4 – 17).