August 10th is La Festa di San Lorenzo, the saints day for Saint Lawrence and it is considered a special day by many Italians as this is the time of year when the earth passes through the Perseids Meteor Shower. These streams of light are known by the Italians as 'Le lacrime di San Lorenzo' ‘San Lorenzo’s tears’
If the skies are clear it is a perfect opportunity to, if you are lucky, see a shooting star and if you do so you make a wish on this ‘ La Notte delle Stelle Cadenti’ ‘The Night of the Falling Stars’. The Perseids Meteor Shower appears around this time every summer and is potentially visible for weeks depending on location and weather conditions. The source of the shower is debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which has been described as "the single most dangerous object known to humanity"
It is thought that this year visibility, even if the weather is clear may well be compromised by the fact that there is a full Moon on August 13th whose brightness will make the fainter falling stars much more difficult to spot. The shower is expected to remain visible this year until August 24th, so even if you are not lucky enough to see one for La Notte di San Lorenzo, there is still time, although not sure if your wishes will still come true.
If you are interested in a few more facts about Saint Lawrence and to learn, for instance what professions he is considered patron saint of please take a look at my post from last year Notte di San Lorenzo 2010 - News From Italy.
No surprise that I do not have any shooting star photos to share with you but I think the firework photos I have included taken recently at the Santa Marta Processione give a pretty good impression of millions of shooting stars!
Good Luck - I will certainly be out star gazing this evening.
This video is very interesting and tells us about the summer Perseid meteor shower getting underway as Earth enters the debris stream from comet Swift-Tuttle.
With thanks to the falling websites for the information for this post.
I am linking to Outdoor Wednesday today
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This coming Sunday I plan continue the theme of Notte di San Lorenzo and post some lovely versions of the song of the same name, I hope you will be able to call by and listen to them. Happy Star Gazing.