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Celestial treat for sky gazers

Star gazers in the US are in for a celestial treat tonight as the annual Perseid meteor shower is expectd to light up the skies in the wee hours. The shower is expected to be spectacular and intense.

world Updated: Aug 13, 2010 11:57 IST

Star gazers in the US are in for a celestial treat tonight as the annual Perseid meteor shower is expectd to light up the skies in the wee hours.

The shower is expected to be spectacular and intense because the crescent moon is expected to disappear before the meteor showers will begin.

As per NASA astronomers, people may watch around 80 meteors per hour during the peak display.

Meanwhile, in India the celestial treat occured on Thursday night.

"Around 11.30 pm to 2 am one can expect a Zenithal Hour Rate (ZHR) of about 100-120 meteor per hour," said N Sri Raghunandan Kumar from Planetary Society of India.

Thus, one can expect one meteor in every two minute, he added.

Perseids, a prolific meteor shower is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, said Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) Director C B Devgun.