Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pictures of Perseid Meteor Show August 12, 2010

Here are some pictures of the spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower show from August 12th that I was able to find on the web for those who missed the show, me included, because of overcast cloudy skies.

The Perseids we see every year are meteors, or what we call shooting stars. But the terms can get tricky: Meteoroids are pieces of rock and ice in outer space. If those rocks enter Earth's atmosphere and incinerate--like the showy Perseids--they are called meteors. If the pieces survive and end up on the ground, those are called meteorites.

"Since Perseids are ice with a little dust mixed in, they never make it to the ground," said Bill Cooke, a NASA meteorite expert in Huntsville, Alabama.

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