Today is the Vigil of St. Lawrence, in the older, traditional Roman calendar, replete with purple vestments. Before our feasts we Catholics do some penance.
What this also means, however, is that it is time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, so called because the meteors appear to be streaking out from within the constellation Perseus.
And the shower has been traditionally nicknamed the Tears of St. Lawrence.
Each year our little whirling blue ball zooms through the debris of a comet named Swift-Tuttle. They will peak on 13 August this year at about 0700 CUT (GMT) We have a big Moon right now, which might decrease our meteoric joy, but… that’s life.
So, those of you in the northern hemisphere should get out there and watch the meteors. If you have children, make a plan. I have fond memories of looking into the heavens as a kid.