South West Turkey, where the sky is clear nearly every night, is a great place to watch the 2014 Perseid meteor shower.
At the end of July through to August the earth passes through a trail of debris left by the comet called Swift-Tuttle.
This meteor shoots out of the constellation called the Perseus and this is why they have been called the “Perseids”.
The comet is travelling away from Earth towards Uranus right now but it has left a long trail of space dust behind it.
As the Earth crosses this dust trail the atmosphere is pelted by the tiny dust particles at speeds of 132,000 mph.
At this speed the dust combusts and this creates that amazing sight what we know a meteor or shooting stars.
The Show Has Already Started
The night sky has already started to light up with a few shooting stars but the full moon on the 10th August could drown out all but the brightest meteors. So, keep an eye sunrise and moon setting times for the best time to view.
Keen observers should look to the north east where Perseus first rises after sunset.
This is the time to look for Perseid Earthgrazers- meteors that approach from the horizon and skim the atmosphere overhead like a stone skipping across the surface of a pond.
If you get a chance viewing from a boat out in the bays would be a lovely atmospheric place.
Otherwise lying on the ground on a blanket or a sun bed on land affords the best viewing position.
Peak of the Shower
The 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th August will be the time when the Perseid meteors are at their most peaking on Tuesday 12th August 2014.
The earth will move out of the trail of comet dust on later in August but that still provides ample time to ‘wish upon a shooting star’.
Perseid Earthgrazers are the most impressive because they are long, relatively slow and colourful.
To get the best view of the Perseid meteors make sure you get away from the bright street lights and head for somewhere where you will have a good view of the north and eastern sky (left of where where the sun rises for those www.fethiyetimes.com readers that don’t have compass).
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