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Indian Skies to 'Shine Bright Like a Diamond' With a Meteor Shower Farewell to Comet Neowise

© NASA . Bill Ingalls / a meteor streaks across the sky
a meteor streaks across the sky - Sputnik International
New Delhi (Sputnik): In July, a five-kilometre wide comet, named Neowise by US space agency NASA, started its galactic voyage past Earth. The bright inter-planetary snowball which treated humans around the world to its spectacular glimpses is now ready to bid adieu to the Milky Way with a "laser show" for us.

August has brought along this year’s brightest meteor shower called “Perseid”, which is set to light up Indian skies for next two nights, Tuesday and Wednesday.  

Maximum visibility of this annual celestial laser-like show will be around 2 a.m. until just before daybreak.

​The meteor shower will be bright enough to be seen by the naked eye, however, monsoon clouds could obstruct clear views.

Netizens are so excited about the upcoming celestial event that they have already started spreading the news on social media.

​Meteors are basically part of meteoroids, which are space objects composed of dust and range in various sizes. When these meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere they are referred to as meteors.

Meteoroids travel at high speeds into the atmosphere and burn up resulting in bright streaks of light, known as a meteor shower.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused by debris left behind the comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris can travel to our planet’s atmosphere at a velocity of around 130,000 miles per hour.

NASA's official Facebook will be live streaming the meteor shower.

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