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Perseid meteor shower: Toronto astronomy professor explains what to expect

Perseid meteor shower: Toronto astronomy professor explains what to expect
From Global News - August 11, 2017

The skies are expected to put on a show this weekend as the Perseid meteor shower hits its peak.

While light from a recently full moon is expected to drown out some of the fainter shooting stars this year,Paul Delaney, York University astronomy professor and director of the universitys astronomical observatory, says there will still be plenty of action to observe in the skies.

Thats because the meteor shower is associated with a large numbers of bright meteors called bollides, Delaney told AM640 host Kelly Cutrara on Friday.

They are really big chucks of rock that fly into the earths atmosphere and they are absolutely stunning in brightness, Delaney said. There will some those in tonights shower.

LISTEN: Paul Delaney joins Kelly Cutrara on the John Oakley Show

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What is the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseid meteor shower generally starts in mid-July and peaks before mid-August, as a result of the Earth passing through a trail of debris associated with a comet known as Swift-Tuttle.

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