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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Shooting Stars...

So what do the Perseids meteor shower and growing a tomato have in common?  Nothing—well, they both require you to be outside, but that’s about it.  Or maybe it’s that they both get us to be in tune with what’s going in around us.

The Perseids meteor shower occurs every August—peak times between the 9th and 14th, though they can be visible from mid-July to the end of August.  This year, the peak time will be the end of this week, August 11th and 12th.

The show put on by the Perseids occurs when the earth passes through the trail of debris left by the comet Swift-Tuttle.  Swift-Tuttle made its last pass by the earth in 1992 and won’t be back until 2126 but left a trail of debris orbiting the sun that the earth passes through every summer.
Just so you’ll know, when these pieces of debris are in space, they are called meteoroids; when they make it into our atmosphere, they’re called meteors; and when they make it all the through our atmosphere, they become meteorites.

They’ll be most visible after moon-set, which, right now, is around 1 a.m. but you’ll see some before then, if you have a good viewing spot and Mother Nature gives us a clear sky.  When my kids were small, we always took our vacation the second week in August.  Every night, we’d eat dinner, then go out to the beach and hang-out until late—lying on blankets and marveling at the magical show overhead.

In a normal year, there are about 60 or so “shooting stars” every hour.  This year should be a “super-show” with 150 to 200 an hour.  Why?  Well, this year, according to space.com, Jupiter’s gravity has pulled the debris trail out far enough that the earth will travel through the center of it, rather than the edge, as we usually do.  More debris, more “shooting stars.”

So, go outside and look up.  Make a wish….
Posted: 8/8/2016 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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