Rain spoils Perseid meteor shower watch in Penang


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Aug 2017

Chong (left) with the stargazers at the Lim Choon Kiat Observatory

BALIK PULAU:  Drizzle and cloudy skies prevented stargazers from watching the Perseid meteor shower at the Lim Choon Kiat Observatory in Pulau Betong.

The drizzle, which started in the evening and went on until 10pm, blanketed the sky, creating unfavourable viewing conditions.

The annual Perseid meteor shower, which can be seen with the naked eye, was organised by the Astronomical Society of Penang and was well received by enthusiasts last year.

However, the crowds on Saturday were smaller due to the weather.

Society president Dr Chong Hon Yew said that the best time to watch the Perseid meteor shower is after 1am.

"The Perseid meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris known as meteoroids entering the earth's atmosphere. They become incandescent as a result of friction with the atmosphere as they travel at about 58km a second and appear as streaks of light," he said.

 

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