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PARI To Host 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower Event Aug. 10

 

August 5, 2019

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 the 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...



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