A Quick Note About the Perseids

As you may have heard, the Perseid meteor shower is this week. This meteor shower happens every year at about this time, when the Earth runs into the stream of rocks, dust and other crud leftover by the passing of comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors we see are these particles slamming into the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere at very high speeds and burning up overhead.

This meteor shower is often great, and easy to see, partly because of August’s warm weather. This year’s shower is expected to be very busy, thanks to the influence of Jupiter’s gravity, with maybe as many as 200 meteors visible per hour, so you could be in for a treat. If you want to have a look, step outside any night this week, and look to the northeast. The later you can do it, the better, because the skies will be at their darkest during the early morning hours.  The peak of the action will be overnight from August 11 into the morning of August 12. The moon will be out of the way, and the skies will be nice and dark. Meteor showers are always unpredictable, though, so, as the kids say, your mileage may vary. Most, but not all, of the meteors will appear to be coming from the direction of the constellation Perseus, which gives the Perseids their name.

Sorry for the short post about this, but I wanted to make sure I said something. Good luck, and clear skies, everyone.


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