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Perseid Meteor Shower

This shower is caused by Periodic Comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered on July 16, 1862 by Lewis Swift and then independently discovered three days later by Horace Tuttle. Meteors from this shower may be visible from July 25 through Aug. 21 with the peak on Aug.11/12. The meteor hourly rate may be about 75. The meteors will appear to originate from a point in the constellation of Perseus (RA 03 hrs 04 min, Dec +58°).


J.M. Thomas, last updated October 7, 1999.

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