Perseid Meteor Shower: Shooting Stars After Midnight

Go outside before dawn, and if the Perseid meteor shower of 2011 is good to you, you will be able to see the sky falling. Every year at this time, the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet called Swift-Tuttle, and the result is a meteor shower -- shooting stars, up to 50 or 60 per hour -- streaking across the night sky as debris from the comet enters the earth's atmosphere and burns up. Though the comet is far away now, in an elliptical orbit that brings it close to the sun just once every...Full Story
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