by Daisy Garcia
The universe is fascinating. Throughout the year, the stars illuminate our skies, showing how expansive the universe can truly be. This cosmic wonder is intensified when an intergalactic shower of space particles falls through to Earth, and this year we’re blessed with two wonderful shows.
While most people were sleeping off the stress of coming back to school on August 11th, and preparing for the inevitable second day of school, something incredible was taking place in the night sky. At approximately 3 am in the morning to 4:30 am on August 12th, the Perseids Meteor Shower was visible to anyone who walked outside and looked up to the stars.
For the lucky few who were able to watch it, the experience was amazing. Highland senior, Miranda Nein stated that “it was so cool to see so many shooting stars like that”. Although she was not able to capture the event on camera, she says that she will never forget the experience. This is an annual meteor shower that occurs every August, so don’t worry if you missed it because in a year’s time, you will have another chance to see it for yourself.
The Perseids Meteor Shower is said to be the debris particles given off by the Swift-Tuttle comet that orbits the sun every 133 years. The reason we are able to see the meteor shower is due to the earth’s orbit through regions of the sky that contain broken off particles of the aforementioned comet. The passing of those particles through our atmosphere give us the illusion of shooting stars.
The next upcoming meteor shower, named Leonids Meteor Shower, will be on November 17th between midnight and dawn. Although the time at which the meteor shower will be at its peak of visibility is still unclear, NASA has released that it will be seen in the eastern sky. Yes, this means voluntarily waking up early but it also means making unforgettable life long memories.