|Where are all of these meteors coming from?
In terms of direction on the sky, the pointed answer is the
That is why the last week's meteor shower was known as the
Perseids -- the meteors all appear to come from a
radiant toward Perseus.
Three dimensionally, however,
expelled from Comet Swift-Tuttle
follows a well-defined orbit about our Sun, and the part of the orbit that approaches Earth is superposed in front of the Perseus.
Therefore, when Earth crosses this orbit, the
radiant point of falling debris appears in Perseus.
Pictured above, a composite image of this year's
Pereids meteor shower shows many
bright meteors that
through the sky on August 12.
To the surprise of many, the next night, August 13, also showed
many meteors, as demonstrated by rolling one's cursor over the above image.
Leonids meteor shower
in November is
expected by some to be exceptionally active,
perhaps producing as many as 500 meteors per hour.
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