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Glen Henry, well-known for his beautiful photography of this Paradise that we call home, was out well before

daybreak to capture shots of the Constellation Perseid's meteor shower.

The source of the Perseid meteor shower

 

Every year, from around July 17 to August 24, our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower.

 

The bits and pieces from Comet Swift-Tuttle slam into the Earth’s upper atmosphere at some 130,000 miles (210,000 km) per hour, lighting up the night time with fast-moving Perseid meteors.

 

Every time this comet passes through the inner solar system, the

sun warms and softens up the ices in the comet, causing it to

release fresh comet material into its orbital stream.

 

Comet Swift-Tuttle last reached perihelion – closest point to the sun – in December 1992 and will do so next in July 2126.

 

The peak night this year was probably August 11-12.

Typically Perseid peaks are about 100 meteors per hour.

 

This year, with an outburst expected, the rates may have been about double that for some observers on Earth.

 

Source:  EarthSky.org.  Astronomy Essentials

This month, the pull of Jupiter's gravity will allow planet Earth to plow through the middle of the debris trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, allowing us to see more meteors than usual, occurring between August 11 - 24.

Constellation Perseid's Meteor Shower