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Don't miss the meteor shower in Turkey

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    Don't miss the meteor shower in Turkey

    Meteor showers, those celestial ballets of shimmering streaks across the night canvas, hold an irresistible allure in their breathtaking beauty. Each streak of light, a testament to the universe's artistry, ignites the sky with ephemeral brilliance, captivating our senses and imagination. As Earth ventures through the remnants of ancient comets, the heavens gift us with these enchanting displays, where fiery meteors traverse the darkness, leaving ephemeral trails of wonder that connect us to the cosmos in a profound and awe-inspiring dance of light.
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    The Perseid meteor shower, the most impressive among eight annual meteor showers, will reach its peak on the night of August 12-13. During this time, viewers in high-altitude locations can witness 60 to 100 meteors per hour resembling fireballs, as they enter the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 59 kilometers per second. This meteor shower is also known as "shooting stars."

    The Celestial Events Yearbook for 2023, created by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBITAK) and National Observatory (TUG), explains that meteor showers result from the debris left behind by comets during their orbits. The eight recognized meteor showers are Quadrantid, Lyrid, Eta Aquarid, Delta Aquarid, Perseid, Orionid, Leonid, and Geminid.

    The most remarkable of these meteor showers is the Perseid event, which occurs between July 14 and September 1, with the peak intensity expected on August 12-13. Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle is the source of these meteorites, which burn up in the atmosphere due to their high-speed entry. The Perseid shower originates from the Perse Constellation region, and the best time to observe it is between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time. This year, the favorable conditions include a dim moonrise around 3 a.m., providing a better chance to witness this spectacle.

    Enthusiasts are planning to capture photographs and experience the Perseid meteor shower away from city lights for an optimal view.