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Saint Lawrences Tears

It’s time to watch Saint Lawrence’s Tears. No, it’s not a soap opera.

If you happen to be a night owl or an early riser, August 8th through the 13th are the times you want to be outside this year watching the Perseid meteor shower. The shower gets its secular name because it appears to originate in the constellation Perseus. The meteors are the remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle and each year bits of it pass through our atmosphere.

A meteor streaks across the sky during the 2009 Perseid shower
A meteor streaks across the sky during the 2009 Perseid shower (Wikipedia)

Peak days (I’m sure there’s an NFP joke in there somewhere) are August 11th and 12th and fortunately not a full moon so get out of the city where you suffer from the light pollution. After midnight is really your best chance to see the shower but this year the shower is supposed to be especially active.

St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence

In Catholic circles the shower has been christened “the burning tears of Saint Lawrence” because it falls during his feast day which is August 10th. St. Lawrence was a deacon in the early Church who was martyred in 258 on August 10th by being roasted on a grate. He told his tormentors that he was done on one side and was ready to be turned over.

For more information about the shower take a gander over at Astronomy.com.

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