Tonight and tomorrow night, dear reader, weather permitting, you can witness what ought to be a grand show. It’s described at the NASA website: Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 11-12.
Their article is a week old, but this is the time to discuss it. NASA says, with bold font added by us:
The Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet. This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display.
Closer than usual? Egad! We’re told:
“Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of Aug. 11-12,” said Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville, Alabama. “Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.”
A Perseid outburst? Let’s read on:
An outburst is a meteor shower with more meteors than usual. The last Perseid outburst occurred in 2009.
We’re looking forward to it. NASA continues:
Every Perseid meteor is a tiny piece of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years. Each swing through the inner solar system can leave trillions of small particles in its wake. When Earth crosses paths with Swift-Tuttle’s debris, specks of comet-stuff hit Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light. These meteors are called Perseids because they seem to fly out of the constellation Perseus.
We made a quick search, but didn’t learn what the ancients thought of the Perseids. Here’s more:
The best way to see the Perseids is to go outside between midnight and dawn on the morning of Aug. 12. Allow about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Lie on your back and look straight up. Increased activity may also be seen on Aug. 12-13.
NASA says a bit more; you can click over there for the rest. But wait — we found a video by Rev. David Rives at WorldNetDaily (WND). You can see it here: Don’t miss one of God’s greatest celestial spectacles. The rev doesn’t have much to say, except to reassure his drooling fans that a “falling star” isn’t an actual star, and he doesn’t mention the bible at all. His video is only 90 seconds long — before the commercial. We know you’re going to look at it anyway.
Okay, don’t forget — go outside tonight and tomorrow night to enjoy the show!
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