8/14/08

Keep Looking Up...




Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week!

I just had to share this in a quick post as this is in my story, MEDIVEAL NIGHT...

The Perseids are bits of debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle.The debris is like a river of small particles in space, and each year, Earth passes through it. As the bits zoom through our atmosphere at 37 miles per second (60 kps) they vaporize, creating the brilliant streaks of light. Most of the meteors are no larger than a grain of sand. The shower is typically best between midnight and dawn, when the side of Earth you are standing on is plowing into the stream as our planet plunges through space in its orbit around the sun. It's similar to how bugs hit the windshield of a moving car but rarely smack into the rear bumper.

So if you have a clear sky in your area and a place away from city lights to view it, just keep look up between midnight and dawn. Maybe you'll see a beautiful shower-streaked sky.

Kaye

4 comments:

Johnny said...

great week for shoot stars!

Cate said...

Yes, I had trouble seeing it. The sky was too cloudy.

Amanda said...

oooh! I like this idea for a story...

Dianne said...

I tried to watch, but I didn't seen anything shooting across the sky!