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Perseid Meteor Shower Event Planned Aug. 11

 

August 6, 2018

Astronomers at the Learning Center at PARI remind the public of the upcoming annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

Meteors result from particles of dust causing the atmosphere to glow as the particles enter the upper atmosphere of Earth.

The Perseid Meteors, or "Perseids," are associated with Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. In 1866, Giovanni V. Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer more widely known for discovering the "canals" on Mars, determined that the path of the particles resulting in the Perseids was identical with the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which had been observed in 1862.

This discover...



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