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Rock dust, light star: a date for your diaries

11th August promises a natural light show for anyone lucky enough to find themselves under dark cloudless skies, and in a good position to have a wide view of the heavens.

At its peak, The Perseids meteor shower reliably produces up to 100 ‘shooting stars’ per hour, caused by the Earth passing through the dust particles of the comet Swift-Tuttle. These particles, known as meteoroids, burn up as they pass through the Earth’s atmosphere at something around 132,000 miles per second and produce the brilliant spectacle.

Some people might choose to read meaning into such displays, as much as they do into the movement and position of stars and the planets. But shooting stars aren’t, of course stars at all, and can tell us more about what happened in the past than what’s destined for the future.

For more reliable prophecies about the imminent future of the earthly property market, you may prefer to look at our summer Market Intelligence. But while we like to think it makes a good read,  it barely holds a dwindling candle to the aching magnificence of a good meteor shower.

Nick Crayson