Shooting Star

August 13, 2010

03 Shooting Star song by Joan Spear

It’s that time of year for the Perseids meteor shower which occurs when the earth passes through the  by debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Every 133 years the huge comet swings through the inner solar system and leaves behind a trail of dust and gravel. The debris, specks of comet-stuff hit the atmosphere at 140,000 mph and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they fly out of the constellation Perseus.  Late night watching is best, don’t try to focus, just let your eyes be relaxed and take in the western sky!