Perseid Meteor Shower en Western Slope Skies 8/2/2013 <p>The Perseid meteor shower sprinkles the night sky with shooting stars in August.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The meteors are bits of icy and rocky debris left behind by the Comet </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Swift-Tuttle, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which was discovered in 1862. As Earth flies through the comet’s path, some bits of comet dust slam into the atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles per hour. They quickly vaporize, creating bright but brief streaks of light in the night sky.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:08:50 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 13976 at Western Slope Skies 8/2/2013 August Meteors <p>During the wee morning hours from August 9<sup>th</sup> to the 14<sup>th</sup>, you may see tens of meteors per hour streaking across our Western Slope Skies. This is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, one of the most reliable of about 20 meteor showers that occur during the year.&nbsp; Meteors, sometimes called “shooting stars”, are actually debris from comets or asteroids that have entered earth’s atmosphere at high speed. The Perseid Shower consists of icy and rocky debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, a 17 mile-wide comet that last passed near Earth in 1992.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:08:55 +0000 1356 at August Meteors