The 'Tears of St Lawrence' are at their best and brightest right now. 10th August is St Lawrence's day and for more than two millennia the display from the Perseids reaches its highest point to coincide with the saint's celebration. The Perseid cloud is a stream of debris associated with the Swift Tuttle comet. The cloud consists of particles ejected by the comet as it travels on its 130-year orbit and every year makes a spectacular show from mid July to late August. To get the best view, choose a clear night and head out into an area unaffected by light pollution.
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