This Dance so Grand!

The Perseus Meteor Shower is August 11 – 13

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01 perseusilustracionEvery year in early to mid August Earth passes through a cloud of02 andromedaFR dust sputtered by the comet Swift-Tuttle as our sun and planets approaches its path of orbit. Comet Swift-Tuttle has an orbit that takes somewhere around 130 years to complete and it is believed the comets nucleus is 26 km (16.2 miles) in diameter. . It was visible on Earth in 1862 and again in 1992 which as how they established it has a 130 year radius.

Our Earth, in her/his sacred dance passes thro04 perseus constellation imagesugh the stream of dust particles left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle every August in an area whose radiant is in Perseus. That is why it is known as the Perseid Meteor Shower.

This year the Earth will begin passing through the stream of dust particles left by Comet Swift-Tuttle A03 perseus-constellationugust 11 – 13 and are best seen between midnight and dawn.. It would seem the 12th would be the busiest night because we will be in 05 radiant in Perseusthe center of it..

Also as I was researching this I 06 orbital-path-of-swift-tuttle-inner-solar-system_crop-1024x494discovered that every year there are 2 events happening at the same time.. From reading the information on this link http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide it would seem the orbit of the Delta Aquarid shower runs beside the Earths atmosphere and all’s we are seeing is the edge of it..

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