“The Tears of St. Lawrence” – annual Perseid Metor Shower

The famous Perseid Meteor Shower falls are the time of the Feast of St. Lawrence.  Thus, they are called the “Tears of St. Lawrence”.

From SpaceWeather:

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER–THIS WEEK: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Forecasters expect meteor rates to peak at 100+ per hour on the night of Aug. 12-13 when our planet passes through the heart of the debris stream. Perseids produce more fireballs than any other meteor shower of the year, so stay tuned for a good show. [meteor radar]

Speaking of the Perseids, check out an engaging  “apocalyptic” series by Steven Konkoly.  It begins with The Jakarta Pandemic (UK HERE).

It goes on with The Perseid Collapse (UK HERE)

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2 Responses to “The Tears of St. Lawrence” – annual Perseid Metor Shower

  1. Kathleen10 says:

    I’m on my way outside! For once, we are not under complete cloud cover for a cosmic spectacle! Here’s hopin.

  2. exNOAAman says:

    Don’t forget, (radio hams), that this is meteor scatter time too, on VHF…

    http://www.arrl.org/news/perseid-meteor-shower-should-be-fun-for-meteor-scatter-enthusiasts-and-viewers-alike

    p.s. I had never heard the “Tears…” thing. Will try to remember