STARGAZING

Meteor Shower Underway

If you happen to find yourself far from light pollution this week, look to the heavens for the Perseid meteor shower, which will be putting on quite a show--as many as one meteor a minute. The shower occurs once a year as the earth crosses pathes with the dust trail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The comet has "meteoroids" trailing behind it that are made up of "ice, rock and dust" that detach as they approach the sun. The meteoroids are roughly the size of a sesame seed.