Aug 11

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event in August. This year’s display is said to be the best in 20 years with the possibility of seeing as many as 200 per hour! I am hoping that the sky clears for the full view.

To the right is an image of the constellation Perseus. No doubt the ancient Greeks had very vivid imaginations.http://www.barransclass.com/astr1070/const/Perseus/Perseus.jpg

 

More about the constellation Perseus here.

 

 

The image below is from an ancient celestial chart.

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9c/Sidney_Hall_-_Urania's_Mirror_-_Perseus.jpg

The picture below is a sculpture by Antonio Canova, on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Read about the myth of Perseus and Medusa here.

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