Hoping to see the Perseids tonight?

Perseids from the Nevada Desert in the US

Perseids from the Nevada Desert in the US

The meteors themselves are usually no larger than a grain of sand, but when they hit the Earth's atmosphere they are travelling at over 100,000mph or 60 kilometres per second. For more details about the Perseid Meteor Shower, Space.com has some great information right here.

The weather will be cooperating pretty nicely if you want to see some shooting stars Saturday night into Sunday morning!

The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.

Fresh Assam floods kill 5, affect 11 lakh people
The month-long first wave of floods in July had claimed 82 lives and affected 25.42 lakh people in 29 districts. The district administration has closed down 225 schools in flood-affected areas in Tinsukia district.

The Perseid Meteor Shower has been going on since July 17, but it will peak tonight. The moonlight will make a lot of the dimmer meteors invisible, which will lower the overall count. The meteors will originate in the northeastern sky near the constellation Perseus (thus their name).

The Okangan Observatory, located about 30 minutes outside Kelowna, will also be hosting an event. "So be sure you can at least devote an hour or more to viewing to be able to get the best show".

Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are the best places to watch the shower because of the low rate of light pollution and clear sky-view without any urban light pollution.

Blast targeting military vehicle kills 15 people in Quetta
Reportedly, vehicles in the immediate vicinity caught fire and over ten water tenders were on the site to control the situation. He said it was not immediately clear if it was a suicide blast or a remotely controlled explosive device.

If you do miss the Perseids this year, the next big meteor show will be the Leonids in November.

The annual Perseids is predicted to be one of the most spectacular shows of the year - but don't worry if you're missing out tonight, the display is expected to dazzle the skies for a whole week.

Woman killed in Pak firing along LoC
During the ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, one jawan lost his life and another was critically injured. Tomar, 42, hailed from Tarsana village in Morena district in MP and is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

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