Shooting Stars or Meteor Showers, an Amazing Spectacle.
If you like to wish upon a falling star this weekend may be your chance. A spectacular meteor shower known as the perseids, will be visible in the northern hemisphere this weekend and well into August. Some Floridians will even be watching if there is a clear sky. It should be quite beautiful this August 12 around 1-3 am. This occurs every August and was first discovered by Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle in 1862, although they say they have been around for thousands of years. This was named after the constellation Persus and we are able to see it clearly and the earths orbit is in that direction at this time. The comet itself is known as the Swift Tuttle Comet. They tend to appear in clusters several over a couple of minutes the a gap and the same thing over again the peak being early morning on the 12th. They are really far apart but it seems closer to each other from our view point.
It is supposed to be amazing this year, I think I watch them from my garden and pray instead of wish on that falling star.