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Warsaw prepares for night of shooting stars

12.08.2019 16:30
Warsaw's Copernicus Science Centre is organizing a star-gazing event tonight for the public between 9 pm and 2 am to watch an annual Perseids meteor shower.
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The city will at that time turn off some of its bright lights, including those illuminating three of the capital’s main bridges and the national stadium.

The meteors appear to cascade from the constellation of Perseus, hence the name Perseids. They are also sometimes called “the tears of St. Lawrence'” since August 10 is marked as the day of his martyrdom. The saint died a martyr’s death in 258.

Meteor showers take place when the Earth, on its orbital path through space, comes into contact with comet or asteroid particles.

Every year in July and August, our planet comes into the path of material left behind by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, causing the Perseids meteor shower.

The shower will continue until August 24, but tonight observers will be able to see the most activity.


Source: PAP/kopernik.org.pl