Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night. This time the shower will be especially visible thanks to the August 11 new moon, leaving a dark and hopefully clear sky.

However, the last event left enough for us to enjoy the spectacle every time Earth approaches its orbit and draws rocks, dust and other particles into its atmosphere, at least until the next cycle. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.

The space agency said the meteors are best seen in the pre-dawn hours around 2am local time when the Perseids are most intense. You can expect 50-70 meteors per hour by getting away from cities and look to the sky!

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an global group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca.

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STARGAZERS across the region are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its best this weekend.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

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