jmr Posted August 11, 2008 Report Share Posted August 11, 2008 The evening of the 12th August and morning of the 13th August is the annual maximum of the Perseid meteor shower. At its peak and in a clear, dark sky up to 80 ‘shooting stars’ or meteors may be visible each hour. Meteors are the result of small particles entering the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and in the case of the Perseid shower these come from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which was last in the vicinity of the Earth in 1992. To the eye, the meteors appear to originate from a ‘radiant’ in the constellation of Perseus, hence the name Perseid. Anyone else plan on spending the night gazing at the sky? Peak time is from 10 pm August 11 into the following morning until 4 am. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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