Perseid Meteor Shower aka St. Lawrence Night

Last year we told you about the St. Lawrence Night in Italy, a lot of you commented on our entry on Facebook sharing the fact that this tradition is a lot spread (Spain, France, Poland, Brazil, Mexico).

This year we went a little more into deep with this event midway between Astronomy and Tradition.









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The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the earliest information on this meteor shower coming from the Far East. Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the “tears of St. Lawrence“, since 10 August is the date of that saint’s martyrdom.

The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the peak in activity being between August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream. During the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle’s orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere.

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