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The Perseid meteor shower


The Perseids usually appear, with no remarkable variation in numbers, every August, maximising about the 12th. They have a parent, Comet Swift-Tuttle (1862 III), and, with the exception of planet Earth, the causative meteoroids keep away from perturbing planets. Of all the known streams the origin and evolution of the Perseids should be the easiest to understand. The meteoroids are fast and are prone to fragmentation.

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Hughes, D.W. The Perseid meteor shower. Earth Moon Planet 68, 31–70 (1995).

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