“The sky is crying…” – The Vigil and Tears of St. Lawrence

The sky is crying, look at the tears roll down the street.

Thanks to flaming comet dust moving at 60km per second.

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.

The shower has been traditionally nicknamed the Tears of St. Lawrence, whose feast is 11 August.

Each year your little whirling blue ball zooms through the debris of a comet named Swift-Tuttle.

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.

From SpaceWeather on 9 August:

Earth has entered a stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. We’re only in the outskirts of the stream now, but already Perseid fireballs are streaking across the night sky. The shower will peak in bright moonlight on Aug. 12-13 when Earth touches the densest part of the debris zone: observing tips.

“To view the Perseids successfully, it is suggested you watch from a safe rural area that is as dark as possible. The more stars you can see, the more meteors will also be visible. No matter the time of night, Perseid meteors can be seen in all portions of the sky. With the full moon low in the southern sky this year, it is advisable to aim your center of view about half-way up in the northern sky.”

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  1. APX says:

    This would make such a great date night. Pack up some wine and some cheese, meat, and fruit, grab a blanket and head out of town to a dark remote spot and watch the meteor showers while indulging in the finer things of life. Bring something with garlic in it to preserve chastity.

  2. Rob in Maine says:

    Curtis, you and the Penguin are the only family we got. You’re the only one that was ever good to us. Singin’ Elmore James tunes, and blowin’ the harp for us down here.

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