Russia to watch brightest meteor shower of 2013 on Monday night
The brightest meteor shower of this year can be seen in Russia late on Monday night, senior researcher of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute Nikolai Zheleznov told Interfax.
"This meteor shower (the Perseids) is an annual phenomenon. A comet rotating around the Sun blazes a trail of dust. The Earth crosses this dust trail, dust particles get caught by its atmosphere and burn down. The traces they leave are called a meteor shower," Zheleznov said.
Comet Swift-Tuttle is the mother of the Perseids meteor shower. As a rule, it lasts for several days. The peak is forecasted for tonight.
"Up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the night from August 12 to 13 throughout Russia and in northern latitudes, weather permitting," the expert said.