Perseid Meteors Live Up to Billing

OGDEN, Utah, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Sky watchers in countries around the world say the Perseid meteor shower mostly lived up to its promise of a spectacular celestial show, with a meteor a minute.

Observers in Iran, Norway and the United States and others blessed with clear and dark skies posted Web accounts of their experience, SPACE.com reported Friday.


“We had a nice show in Norway even though the sky was still not completely dark,” Runar Sandnes posted on Spaceweather.com. “Meteors came sometimes in showers of 2 or 3.”

“In Iran, the Perseid meteor shower was great,” Mohammad Reza Zaman Sani posted on the same site.

The Perseid meteor shower is the result of ancient debris left by multiple orbits around the sun of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The name is because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus.

The Perseid shower is known for being reliable and for producing the occasional bright fireball from an exploding meteor.

The Perseids began in late July, peaking Thursday night, and will tail off over the next several days.

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