Are you going to take your children out to look at meteors?

PerseidsAre you going to take your children out to look at meteors?  Think about it.

You can tell them the true story of St. Lawrence and the myth of Perseus as you watch them.

My favorite memory of watching the Tears of St. Lawrence was when I was in my early 20’s and I was in Italy.  I was staying at ancient Cumae.  I went out and lay down on my back in an enormous tomato patch (San Marzano) near the edge of Cumae’s ancient amphitheater.  Zip! Zang!  Zzzzzip!

From Space Weather:

METEOR SHOWER: The Perseid meteor shower is underway. International observers are now reporting more than 20 meteors per hour as Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on the night of Aug. 12-13.  The best time to look is during the hours before dawn on Saturday morning, August 13th, when the glaring Moon is relatively low and meteor rates are highest.  Visit for full coverage.

WATCH OUT FOR THE SPACE STATION, TOO:  Consider it a cosmic coincidence.   During the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, the International Space Station will fly over many US towns and cities.  The behemoth spacecraft is easy to see if you know when to look.  Check’s Simple Satellite Tracker for flyby times:

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  1. Rose in NE says:

    Our youngest child is 17 and leaving for college next week, but yes, we hope to drive out of the city to view them tonight if the weather is clear. I have fond memories of camping with our kids during the Perseid meteor shower. We would bring folding lounge chairs to lay on and watch them. Very cool!

  2. irishgirl says:

    I thought of looking out my window last night (couldn’t sleep very well-terrible insomnia), and although the full moon was out in its glory, the skies were cloudy.
    So is the meteor shower going to be on again tonight?
    I have seen it a couple of times previous, one of them in the early to late fall. It was very cool, watching the meteors streak across the sky!
    Blessed be God in His Creation!

  3. Theodore says:

    Fr Z.

    I happened to see this picture of a meteor from the Perseid shower taken by an astronaut in the ISS.

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