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By The Sentinel  |  Posted: August 11, 2014

Perseid Meteor Shower 2014 Google Doodle

Perseid Meteor Shower 2014 Google Doodle

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Google are celebrating the Perseid Meteor Shower with a Google Doodle showing meteors in a variety of scenic backgrounds. This shower happens every August and is also known as the "fireball champion" of meteor showers. It is caused by comet Swift-Tuttle entering the inner solar system causing tiny space debris to break away.

It is named Perseid because it appears to come from the same direction as the Perseus constellation which lies in the north-eastern part of the sky. This ancient shower is the brightermeteor shower of the year and can create more than a hundred meteors within an hour at its peak towards mid-August.

This year the event coincided with the lunar phenomenon of a supermoon, when the moon appeared bigger and brighter than normal due to being at the closest point to Earth in its orbit. The supermoon could be seen last night but happen frequently, every 13 months, although the weather can often block our view.

It is most visible in a dark clear sky and it’s recommended you also view from a dark place. It can be seen until Wednesday 13th but today, Monday 11th, is the best night for activity.

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