Meteor shower to light up region's skies

A Delta Aquarid meteor over Gowrie Mountain just outside Toowoomba taken this week by Marita Hills.
A Delta Aquarid meteor over Gowrie Mountain just outside Toowoomba taken this week by Marita Hills. Marita Hills Photography

THE clear winter skies over Toowoomba and south west Queensland are providing the perfect opportunity to see the annual Perseids meteor shower.

Australian astronomer Dave Reneke said meteor watching was his favourite celestial sport.

Mr Reneke said the Perseids would make an appearance this week.

"After midnight a few decent meteors should flit across the starry sky each hour in a spooky display," he said.

Mr Reneke said the meteors should peak on August 12.

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"More northern centred this year, the radiant may be a little low, but still worth a try," he said.

"The Perseids typically have fast and bright meteors and are known to create the odd fireball or two with flaming tails that streak across the dark early morning sky."

Mr Reneke said there were reports from all states about sightings of the shower.



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