Every year in late July to August, the Earth passes through rock and dust fragments left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. As these small particles collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, they burn-up, often creating a startling streak of light across the sky
Because Meteors are named after the constellation from which they seem to appear — in this case, Perseus, a northern constellation lying east of Cassiopeia and north of Taurus.
From TheStar - Malaysians who missed catching the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in the early hours this morning(Aug 13) can catch the shower again after midnight tomorrow (Aug 14). Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Astronomy Atmospheric Science Unit lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Chong Hon Yew said the meteor shower would be at its best between 1.30am and 4am in the northern sky with more than 100 Perseids streaking across the sky per hour.
He also said that according to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO), the shower could have started from July 24 and is expected to be observed until around Aug 17.
So looks like it will be a late night for me tomorrow……to see if I can catch a glimpse of this phenomenal with my camera…
If you like, link to articles published about Perseid
Video on Perseid 2007