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Annual Perseid meteor showers, Comet Swift-Tuttle, constellation Perseus

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Default Annual Perseid meteor showers, Comet Swift-Tuttle, constellation Perseus

The Annual Perseid meteor showers are back, each year growing more intense, as Earth crosses the orbit of the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseid meteor showers are leftover debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered in 1862, which takes 130 years to circle our solar system an is expected next in 2126.

The Perseid meteor shower, every year around August, appears to originate in the northeastern sky, near the constellation Perseus, and shoot off in all directions.

In 2009 the peak of the shooting stars was on August 11th & 12th as Earth passed through the densest part of the debris stream, with dozens of meteors each minute.

Perseids can appear in any part of the sky, their tails all pointing back to the shower's radiant, the constellation Perseus.

Get away from the city lights if you can for a better view. Known as the most brilliant of annual meteor showers, the Perseids, at its peak, can emit from 50 to 200 shooting stars an hour.

Perseids will again return in 2010, forecast is for Thursday night,

August 12, 2010 ...
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