Monday, August 11, 2008

The Tears of St. Lawrence

It almost time for the annual Perseid meteor shower. This year, the moon will set early, leaving a good window of pre-dawn hours. The peak is expected Aug 12, around 7am EDT. That means that western US observers will get the best view. Still, anyone with dark skies should get a good show. See more here.

From this article, I just found out that the Perseid meteor shower is also known as the fiery "Tears of St. Lawrence" in honor of the Roman martyr whose feast day is on Aug. 10. I love those connections!

Photo credit: NASA
Hat tip: my husband

1 comment:

Ana Braga-Henebry said...

I blogged about this connection last year:
Alas, this year we were in a car trip!