Giant meteor shower to peak Saturday night

By Nhu Quynh   August 11, 2023 | 11:18 pm PT
Giant meteor shower to peak Saturday night
The shape of the constellation Perseus. Graphics by Vietnam Association of Astronomy and Cosmology
Stargazers can see one of the biggest and brightest meteor showers of the year, Perseids, as it peaks late Saturday and early Sunday in Vietnam.

The meteor shower, one of the two largest along with Geminids, occurs every August, according to the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association (VACA).

It was formed when debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle made its way towards the Sun.

The last time this comet came close to the Sun and crossed the Earth's orbit was in 1992 and the next time will be in 2026.

"Perseids is one of the most remarkable meteor showers with peaks of 60 to 100 meteors per hour," Dang Vu Tuan Son, VACA president, said.

The best time to see it, by looking northeast, is after 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Meteor showers can be seen with the naked eye.

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