Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower


Published On: 08-11-2013 01:09am

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August 2013

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.  The Perseid meteor shower peaks this year around August 10-13 with a brilliant display of "shooting stars."  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.

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The annual Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2,000 years. The meteors seem to  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. 

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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.  Comets have been described as "dirty snowballs" from space that orbit the sun.  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. 

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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.  These meteors are the "falling stars" of the Perseid shower.  (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.  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.

50 Stained Glass Moravian Wedding Stars - Wedding Decor - Wholesale

This hand forged brass pendant from CraftsofthePast is an impression of a six pointed star.  The process by which it was made is quite interesting and can be read by clicking the picture.

Hand Forged Bronze Pendant Impression from Antique Glass Sugar Bowl

This whimsical charm bracelet by NightOwlJewelry includes the sun, moon, and planets.

Celestial symbols silver charm bracelet - moon stars sun planets

Be sure to wish upon a falling star!  This year's Perseid shower should bring plentiful opportunities for wishes.  This wrapped silk bracelet is made to order by HappyGoLicky.

Star Jewelry, Silver Star Bracelet, Inspirational Quote Jewelry

This colorful quilt by PutmanLakeDesigns brings a bit of the night sky to your home.

Quilted Handmade Multicolor Polka Dot Star Piece Set off by Black

Man made fireworks of red, white, and blue shooting stars can sometimes rival the heavenly fireworks of the Perseids.  ShanghaiTai made these unique shooting star earrings.

 Red White and Blue Earrings Shooting Star Handmade Sterling Silver
These copper wire star ornaments from Antsy_Artist_Redux can be displayed year round.

Wire star ornament set of three, upcycle beads copper wire hand crafted

These earring by PrettyGonzo remind me a shooting stars or comets.

Sun Earrings, Silver Resin Disks, African Beads, Suede Cord, Handmade

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.

Victorian Style Star Christmas Ornament  Set of 3

These turquoise stars are sure to get a second look.  Handmade by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns, these sweet earring end with a tiny sterling silver star.

Turquoise Star Czech Glass Handmade Earrings Swarovski OOAK Jewelry

Shining stars can be found on this handmade card from cardsbylibe.

Congratulations handmade card

This beautiful lace ornament  by PolkaDotOrchid has an 8 point star of pure white thread.

Lace Christmas Ornament of 8 Point Star

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.  I'm hoping for a clear sky!  I hope to "catch a falling star and put it in my pocket."  How about you?


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Reader's Comments

By ShanghaiTai on 08/20/2013 @ 02:06am

Great story about the meteor shower! I tried to see it, but couldn't see it from where I was. Thanks for including my shooting star earrings. Will share.

By PrettyGonzo on 08/17/2013 @ 05:33pm

Fantastic post! Thanks for including my earrings here and in your lovely collection. :)

By JewelryArtByDawn on 08/15/2013 @ 02:37am

What a great post and what beautiful starry items! We had overcast skies the last few days, so I think we've missed the show this year. Luckily, we live in the mountains way out in the sticks and light pollution is not a problem. We've seen some awesome star shows over the years.

By Guest on 08/14/2013 @ 12:02am

Love this post - great selections and information about the Meteor shower - shooting stars! I enjoyed watching the show at the beach from 12:30 -4:30 AM!!! Watched last night as well for a couple of hours. Tired today, but what fun to sit under the stars and dream.

By Thecrochetcubby on 08/13/2013 @ 01:51am

Great post! I never knew the history behind the Perseid meteor shower. My son loves the stars and the moon. Maybe we can try to see the meteor shower. Very cool!

By PolkadotOrchid on 08/12/2013 @ 04:58pm

This is a great post! I wasn't aware that the Perseid meteor show were the remains of a specific, identified comet! Unfortunately, I live in an area with lots of light pollution, but I've always enjoyed watching the shower when I've been living up near the mountains. Thank you for highlighting all these great star-themed items, including my ornament.

By bluemorningexpressions on 08/12/2013 @ 03:32am

wonderful shooting stars! I normally get to see the shower every year, but the last two years have been overcast to completely cloudy, so they have not made an appearance in my backyard. It is cloudy again, so I will have to just read about it and enjoy these really cool finds.

By CardsbyLiBe on 08/11/2013 @ 05:50pm

Really great post chock full of info about the shower over the next couple nights. I hope the light pollution from the big city doesn't prevent this mystical show. Thanks for including my card also. Lisa :)

By craftingmemories on 08/11/2013 @ 05:15pm

Beautiful finds! My neighbor reminds me yearly to get out and watch the sky. Thank you for the information.

By ChristieCottage on 08/11/2013 @ 03:01pm

Cool! I am up before Dawn and the only stars I see are those on Collections as I rate them! LOL I will try to remember in the morning to take my morning cup of coffee outside and LOOK! Thanks for sharing <><

By Guest on 08/11/2013 @ 02:43pm

I was out last night, but alas, too early. I'm going to try again tonight. Maybe go to bed early and then get up. Great post and thank you for including my bright stars! Wonderful items that need posting.. so I shall go and do that now...

By DesertCreations on 08/11/2013 @ 10:36am

Debbie, I am in love with all the star finds!! Love looking at the stars :)

By craftsofthepast on 08/11/2013 @ 02:10am

Ah, so EWEr name is Debbie, gott remember that. ;) Some mornings I am up that early, so will see if they show up in California skies on Monday morning ;) Thanks for the blog and the collection!!!

By ShadowDogDesigns on 08/11/2013 @ 01:35am

What a WONDERFUL post, Debbie! The Perseid meteor shower is a show I try to never miss (and end up being sleep deprived for a couple of days - LOL). This year is supposed to be a good year for meteor fireballs - breathtaking! Right now it's cloudy - unusual for here. Hoping for at least one clear night. Thank you for this post and for including my Czech star earrings in it. Will promote your post now and will pin/Wanelo each item when I get time. Thanks again! Peace and joy and lots of shooting stars . . . Catherine

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