The Perseids

Aldebaran, Orion and Egyptian Mythology

The Perseids take us to

August 15 -- Flooding of the Nile

The annual flooding cycle of the Nile goes back to ancient times. It is still celebrated by Egyptians from August 15 for two weeks, and is known as Wafaa El-Nil. Were it not for the Nile, Egyptian civilization could not have developed, as it is the only significant source of water in this desert region. The Nile flows from south to north, to its delta on the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient Egyptians did not realize that the flood was due to rains on the mountains to the south. As we create myths about the unknown, they regarded the inundation of the Nile as the annual coming of the god Hapi. The rains would swell the different tributaries and other rivers that joined to become the Nile River, generally regarded as the longest river in the world.

In Egyptian mythology the Nile flooded every year because of Isis' tears of sorrow for her dead husband Osiris. The Nile was considered a gateway to an unknown world that opened at this time (metaphor - flooding - collective unconsciousness - creation). Orion is linked to creation and ancient aliens who came here in large space ships in the beginning, setting this program in place and creating huge stone markers - the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx on the GiZa Plateau. (Consider -- GP and S - Global Positioning System - GPS - to find a destination.)

In ancient Greek mythology - Perseus was the first of the heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths of the Twelve Olympians. (Note the number 12)

About The Perseids

Comet of Origin: 109P/Swift-Tuttle

Radiant: constellation Perseus

Active: July 17-Aug. 24, 2012

Peak Activity: Aug. 12, 2012

Peak Activity Meteor Count: Approximately 100 meteors per hour

The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the earliest information on this meteor shower coming from the Far East. Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the "tears of St. Lawrence", since 10 August is the date of that saint's martyrdom. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. The name derives in part from the word Perseides a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.

Perseids from Perseus (Composite)   NASA - August 2009

Perseids and the Galactic Center

Perseid Meteors and the Milky Way NASA August 13, 2012

2012 Wyoming


Perseid Meteor Fireball over the dark desert skies of Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Mega Meteors with smoke trails


2012 by Ken Muir