Here comes the Perseid meteor shower!

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 KoroŇ°ec. 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!