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Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Science: What's A Meteor Shower?

More commonly called "shooting stars", the Perseids are pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle. In August each year, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris. These tiny pieces of ice and dust, which range from the size of a grain of sand to around as big more
Herald Scotland ( 8/12/2012 6:39:38 PM -08:00 )

Skies sparkle in Perseids meteor shower
A sparkling set of shooting stars decorated Israel's skies during the late night hours between Sunday and Monday. The Perseids meteor shower, which has occurred every summer for two millennia, began on approximately July 17 and will end August 24 this more
Jerusalem Post ( 8/12/2012 6:33:40 PM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower
Aug. 12, 2012. A meteor, left, streaks across the night sky over El Torcal nature park reserve in the southern Spanish town of Antequera, near Malaga. This picture was taken using a long exposure. Jon Nazca / Reuters. Related Content. A meteor, top, streaks more
Washington Post ( 8/12/2012 5:57:24 PM -08:00 )

Stunning photos capture annual Perseid meteor shower blazing across star
Stunning photos capture annual Perseid meteor shower blazing across starSpace enthusiasts who have spent the past few days admiring the stunning images of Martian landscapes beamed from NASA's Curiosity would have been well-advised to peel their eyes from their computer screens and look up into the night sky to catch a more
Daily Mail ( 8/12/2012 5:36:26 PM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower wows stargazers
Perseid meteor shower wows stargazersVeteran astrophotographer Roberto Porto snapped this spectacular view of a Perseid meteor over Mount Tiede National Park in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 11, 2012 during the peak of the 2012 Perseid meteor shower. The Milky more
NBCNews.com ( 8/12/2012 12:52:14 PM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower light up the skies
Perseid meteor shower light up the skiesPerseid meteor shower light up the skies New Delhi: The annual Perseids meteor shower lit up the night sky with a flaming shooting star display to delight stargazers and space photographers around the world. The meteor shower peaked in the wee hours of more
Zee News ( 8/12/2012 10:38:59 AM -08:00 )

Meteor shower peak: Perseids give stargazers 2 shining nights
Meteor shower peak: Perseids give stargazers 2 shining nightsStar Struck! Stunning meteor showers on the horizon. Two spectacular meteor showers will alight the sky over the next few weeks. At their peak the Delta Aquarid and the Perseids will send dozens of lights across the sky each hour. The full moon rises behind more
RT ( 8/12/2012 8:05:11 AM -08:00 )

Meteor shower presentation to be given by Discovery Center
Meteor shower presentation to be given by Discovery CenterPhoto credit: AP | Astronomers observe the night sky for the Perseid meteor shower at an observatory near the village of Avren east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia last year. The annual meteor shower is promising to put on a dazzling sky show. (Aug. 12, 2009) more
Newsday ( 8/12/2012 5:49:27 AM -08:00 )

Where to see the Perseid meteor shower in Hamilton
Where to see the Perseid meteor shower in HamiltonIn this photo released by SkyandTelescope.com a Perseid meteor flashes across the constellation Andromeda on Aug. 12, 1997, in this 8-minute exposure taken in Florence Junction, Ariz. With no moon in sight to interfere with the Perseid meteor shower, more
CBC.ca ( 8/12/2012 5:11:29 AM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower to set alight Sunday night sky
Perseid meteor shower to set alight Sunday night sky. August 12, 2012 4:16pm. After going through a week of heavy rain, Filipinos can catch a welcome treat Sunday night as the Perseid meteor shower shoots through the Northern Hemisphere's night sky in a more
GMA News ( 8/12/2012 2:12:52 AM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor peaks on Sunday night, grand astronomical show expected
Perseid meteor peaks on Sunday night, grand astronomical show expectedThe annual Perseids meteor shower will light the sky tonight as it hits its peak, promising a spectacular show for the next two nights. The 'most famous' of the meteor showers, Perseids is an annual phenomenon that occurs between mid-July and early August more
Daily News & Analysis ( 8/12/2012 1:59:38 AM -08:00 )

'Tears of St Lawrence'
World News. 'Tears of St Lawrence'. Posted on » Sunday, August 12, 2012. PARIS: The annual Perseid meteor shower - dubbed "the tears of St Lawrence" in honour of a martyred Christian saint - reaches its peak today, astronomers said. Cloud-free skies more
Gulf Daily News ( 8/11/2012 6:06:05 PM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower Saturday night: Where to watch
Perseid meteor shower Saturday night: Where to watchA meteor (upper left) streaks across the sky in Eldorado Canyon, Nevada. (Getty Images). The Perseid meteor shower will peak this weekend, and NASA scientists say it will be the most impressive show of the year. (Take that, Olympics closing ceremony.) more
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) ( 8/11/2012 4:10:27 PM -08:00 )

Best view of Perseid meteor shower is just before dawn
Best view of Perseid meteor shower is just before dawnPerseid shower. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS A meteor (top) streaks past stars in the sky above Switzerland's Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc in France late Saturday night. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes more
Toronto Star ( 8/11/2012 3:32:42 PM -08:00 )

Meteor shower to light up Alberta sky
Albertans looking to the sky Saturday night should be treated to a spectacular light show. As many as 100 meteors an hour will streak through the sky as the Perseid meteor shower hits its peak. “You know, I have twin eight-year-olds, so it might be a cool idea more
CBC.ca ( 8/11/2012 11:15:40 AM -08:00 )

How to watch the Perseid meteor shower
Hundreds of shooting stars and fireballs will fill the skies over the northern hemisphere on Saturday and Sunday night as Earth passes through a stream of debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle - otherwise known as the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids have more
CNN (blog) ( 8/11/2012 11:14:12 AM -08:00 )

Britain to be treated to spectacular meteor shower
Britain to be treated to spectacular meteor showerBritain to be treated to spectacular meteor shower. Britain is to be treated to a spectacular display of meteors on Saturday night with up to two visible every minute at the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. A Perseid meteor streaks past Glastonbury Tor more
Telegraph.co.uk ( 8/11/2012 8:23:19 AM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend
A meteor (top) streaks past stars in the night sky above Lake Geneva, Switzerland, and the Mont-Blanc, at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, late August 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse). A meteor (top, R) streaks past stars in more
Toronto Sun ( 8/11/2012 8:16:44 AM -08:00 )

Perseid meteor shower: NASA wants help counting shooting stars
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to result in a dazzling display of shooting stars this weekend. And NASA would like your help counting them. The nation's space agency has developed an app for Android and iPhones to help amateur sky-watchers more
Los Angeles Times ( 8/11/2012 8:03:30 AM -08:00 )

UK set for annual Perseid meteor shower
UK set for annual Perseid meteor showerUK set for annual Perseid meteor shower. Meteor over Stonehenge in August 2010. Calling all stargazers - the UK is set to enjoy a spectacular meteor shower this weekend! It's the annual Perseid meteors and the best time to see them is on Sunday morning more
BBC News ( 8/11/2012 8:01:10 AM -08:00 )