August 2016: Perseid Showers Put on Impressive Display
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of August 2016.
1. Scientists Announce Artificial Neuron 2. Moon Express 3. Perseids Put on Impressive Display 4. Louisiana Under Water 5. Blue Cut Fire Sparks State of Emergency 6. Pfizer Buys Medivation for $14 Billion 7. Earthquake Rocks Italy 8. Discovery of Earth-like Planet: Proxima b 9. Mylan Will Offer Generic EpiPen
- Perseid Showers Put on Impressive Display
- The annual Perseid Shower occurs on August 11, 2016, with hundreds of meteors lighting up the sky every hour or so. The shower is caused by the Earth passing through a trail of debris and dust left behind from a comet named Swift-Tuttle. The dust and debris appear as light streaking across the sky because it is flying at speeds of 200,000km/h, vaporizing at a height of about 100km. The shower gets its name from the Greek god Perseus, god of rescue.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza
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