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Meteor shower lights up skies over Bosnia

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A
meteor streaks across the skies over the Sand Pyramids during the
peak of the Perseid meteor shower near Foca

Thomson Reuters

FOCA, Bosnia (Reuters) – A meteor shower lit up the skies above
eastern Bosnia on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare
opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked
eye.

“I think that everybody should see this,” said Miralem Mehic, a
Bosnian from an international group of star gazers who watched
the light show at the Sand Pyramids – an area of naturally
occurring sand columns – near the town of Foca.

The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every
August, and are best viewed in the northern hemisphere in
isolated areas where there is little light pollution.

They arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet
109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

Meteors are parts of rock and dust that hit the Earth’s
atmosphere, heat up and glow. Most vaporize as they descend, but
some explode.

“This year the moon is young and will not obstruct the vision, so
we will be able to see 100 ‘shooting stars’ an hour,” Muhamed
Muminovic, a member of the Sarajevo Orion astrological society,
told Reuters.

(Reporting by Dado Ruvic; Writing by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by
Mark Potter)

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