Rain spoils Perseid meteor shower show

Rain spoils Perseid meteor shower show

KUALA LUMPUR: Many people were disappointed when they could not view the phenomenal Perseid meteor shower because of heavy rain over the northern and central parts of the peninsula.

Langkawi National Observatory assistant science officer Karzaman Ahmad said his team was disappointed when it only managed to record four Perseid meteor sightings for half an hour beginning from 1am yesterday.

“The earlier prediction of being able to spot the meteors clearly in the middle of the night in the northern region was not to be because of the downpour which only stopped at 4am,” he said yesterday.

But the southern states of Johor and Negri Sembilan reported sighting up to 20 crossings of Perseid meteor showers due to clear skies, he added.

However, people in Malacca and Kuala Selangor were disappointed when the shower was not visible because of heavy rain last night.

Part-time photographer Mohd Hasif Naqib Abd Aziz, 23, said he and his family were unable to see the Perseid shower from the beach at Tanjung Bidara in Masjid Tanah, Malacca.

Teacher Mohd Aizat Yahya, 26, said he and three friends went home feeling cheated after having waited for nearly three hours from 11pm at the top of Bukit Melawati, Kuala Selangor, on Monday.

The National Space Agency (Angkasa) described the Perseid meteor shower as a phenomenon that occurred every year in August when the Earth passed through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet’s dusty trail; and its debris hurtled into the atmosphere of the planet and flared up in brilliant meteors or shooting stars. — Bernama

By tmediablog

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