Here come the Perseids! You can see a beautiful celestial fireworks show in the next couple of nights – if you know when and where to look. Here is how. The Perseids are small dust particles, crumbs of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, burning up as they hit our atmosphere at 59 km/s. They are one of the most regular and reliable meteor showers, peaking in mid-August of every year. So reliable, they used to be know as tears of St Lawrence. Numerous Perseids radiate from the constellation Perseus in this photo by Marko Korošec. Note the bright fireball on the left! The Perseids are a superb meteor shower – active from mid July to late August, producing some of the best activity … Continue reading Here comes the Perseid meteor shower!
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