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Perseid Meteor Shower Poem

Updated on October 17, 2013

Meteor Shower

Brilliant trails of light
Across a darkened sky
Fireworks in slow motion
A cosmic fourth of July

Scattered bursts of rubble
A dandelion in the wind
Extinguished in moments
Flash of light rescinds

Now I make a wish
As clouds obstruct my view
Will I get good fortune
Or only deja vu

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2,000 years. It is called this because it appears in the sky in the direction of the Perseus constellation. The stream of debris is called the Perseid cloud and stretches along the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The cloud consists of particles ejected by the comet as it travels on its 133-year orbit.

© 2013 Eric Niehoff

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