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The Perseid Meteor Shower peaked during the intervening night of August 12 and 13, with at least 70 meteors burning up in the atmosphere in an hour - that is, nearly a meteor a minute.

The Perseids appear every year from the constellation Perseus. Tiny particles burn up in earth's atmosphere, resulting in and formed the "star rain".

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They arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The meteoroid vaporises and turns into a meteor. Meteors are made of dust and ice.

Late Sunday night to early Monday morning will mark the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, arguably the most popular and dramatic meteor shower around. The meteoroids become handsome meteors or shooting stars when they enter the earth's atmosphere and burn up due to the friction caused. "Thus, it is less likely that you would miss them", says Regina Rudawska, an expert on small solar system bodies at the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre at Noordwijk in the Netherlands. As the rock falls toward Earth, the air rushing against the rock heats it, creating a glowing hot trail of air as the rock zips through the atmosphere. So, how can you catch a glimpse of this natural light show? Monday night will be the best of the three days to view the Perseids, notes Cooke.


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