Perseid meteor shower

Nothing can match the excitement of the mysteries unraveled in the celestial world. And, with the Perseid Meteor Shower taking place, Google ensures to bring out its best to present a dreamy and visual treat for all its users. Google doodle for the Perseid Meteor Shower 2014 is not just static and one dimensional but a mix of animation that is bound to leave you speechless. It takes you on a dream run to the land of falling stars virtually with those shooting stars crossing the screens every now and then!

Perseids or the prolific meteor shower have been commonly witnessed during this time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This celestial event has been ranked as the best meteor shower in that part of the world. Just imagine yourselves in the sea of falling meteors as our planet Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower! And for the information, the Swift-Tuttle comet has an orbit of 133 years and the debris that it emits is known as the Perseid cloud.

Usually one witnesses this awesome experience of the celestial bodies during the  the pre-dawn hours before we hit the week but this year it has been different with the Perseid Meteor Shower 2014 falling immediately after Sunday’s “Supermoon”. Supermoon is the closest and brightest full moon of the year. It is when when the full moon occurs at perigee in its orbit around the Earth. These meteoric showers also hold special importance to the Catholics, who refer to the Perseid meteor shower as the ‘tears of St. Lawrence’ because August 10th marks the martyrdom of the saint.

Unlike watching other heavenly celestial events, watching Perseid Meteor Showers does not require any hassles. All you need is open dark night and a comfy chair or walk on to the green lane to watch the open sky and enjoy this visual treat!