You might have observed the brightest meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, that peak every year around August 10-15. Here are some things that you might not know.
- As with all meteor showers, that are available all year round, they are active for around 15 days. It is just most visible at a particular night.
- The debris that are about to fall on earth from the Perseids are over 1,000 tons. However this will be dust and ashes, not affecting our environment at all.
- They have been observed for more than 2.000 years. In the middle ages, the catholic church thought it was the tears of Saint Lawrence, that died in August 10th.
- During each peak, at any point of earth (that is, any point that has no sunlight) you can see 1-2 meteors per minute.