Every year near the end of summer, those who gaze upward in the wee morning hours of darkness can see a breathtaking display in the clear starry sky.Â The Perseid meteor shower peaks this year around August 10-13 with a brilliant display of "shooting stars."Â If you've never seen a meteor shower, set your alarm, grab a reclining patio chair or a beach towel, put on a jacket, and head outside in the hours before dawn to see this annual starry show.
The annual Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2,000 years. The meteors seem toÂ originate from the constellation Perseus, named after a mythical Greek hero who was born from a golden shower and whose exploits included killing the dreaded Medusa and rescuing a beautiful maiden from a sea monster.Â
The brilliant shooting stars are actually small bits of leftover debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle which fall into earth's upper atmosphere at speeds of nearly 134,000 mph where they burn up in a flaming streak 60 miles above the earth. This large comet, which takes 130 years to orbit the sun, was discovered in 1862 by American astronomers Lewis
Swift and Horace Tuttle. Comet Swift-Tuttle was last seen from earth in December 1992 and will make another appearance in July 2126.Â Comets have been described as "dirty snowballs" from space that orbit the sun.Â When a comet nears the sun, its icy coating begins to melt and the comet develops its characteristic tail which leaves behind a trail of debris.Â
Every year from mid July to mid August, earth crosses this path of dusty meteroids, Some enter earth's atmosphere leaving a bright streak across the night sky.Â These meteors are the "falling stars" of the Perseid shower.Â (Click on the photos to be taken to their source.)
In anticipation of this annual shower of stars, I chose several starry finds which were handmade by Artfire stars to accompany this post.Â The collection, Starry Skies this Weekend, can be seen here.
I love this constellation of glass Moravian stars by L-A-Glass. The Clear Iridized glass shimmers and sparkles in the light.
This hand forged brass pendant from CraftsofthePast is an impression of a six pointed star.Â The process by which it was made is quite interesting and can be read by clicking the picture.
This whimsical charm bracelet by NightOwlJewelry includes the sun, moon, and planets.
Be sure to wish upon a falling star!Â This year's Perseid shower should bring plentiful opportunities for wishes.Â This wrapped silk bracelet is made to order by HappyGoLicky.
This colorful quilt by PutmanLakeDesigns brings a bit of the night sky to your home.
Man made fireworks of red, white, and blue shooting stars can sometimes rival the heavenly fireworks of the Perseids.Â ShanghaiTai made these unique shooting star earrings.
These copper wire star ornaments from Antsy_Artist_Redux can be displayed year round.
These earring by PrettyGonzo remind me a shooting stars or comets.
Crocheted stars from Wyverndesigns have iridescent glitter for sparkle and shine. Unlike a falling star, these won't fade away after a moment of time.
These turquoise stars are sure to get a second look.Â Handmade by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns, these sweet earring end with a tiny sterling silver star.
Shining stars can be found on this handmade card from cardsbylibe.
This beautiful lace ornamentÂ by PolkaDotOrchid has an 8 point star of pure white thread.
The Perseid meteor shower will soon be over for this year, but these lovely handmade stars will continue to shine.
Tell me if you get a chance to see the Perseids this weekend.Â I'm hoping for a clear sky!Â I hope to "catch a falling star and put it in my pocket."Â How about you?
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