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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Perseid meteor shower visible over Maysville Alabama



"...The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the first known information on these meteors coming from the Far East. In early medieval Europe, the Perseids came to be known as the "tears of St. Lawrence." The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between August 8 and 14, peaking about August 12. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.
The 2009 shower is expected to peak on the night of Tuesday-Wednesday August 11 - August 12. ..."
   



Reference: en.wikipedia.org

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