The Perseids meteor shower will take place during the next two nights (Thursday and Friday):
“It is typically the second richest shower after the Geminids every December,” Slooh Astronomer and The Old Farmers Almanac Astronomy Editor Bob Berman said. “[The Perseids] offer very fast meteors, and about 30 percent of them leave behind lingering trains. The number of meteors increase quite a bit after 12 and 1 a.m. when the ‘radiant,’ or the place in the sky the meteors emanate from, rises in the northeast.”
The shower’s peak will occur on Thursday night, but Friday night will also offer a good opportunity for those looking to experience the Perseids, according to NASA.
Discovered during the American Civil War by astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet colliding with the planet and burning up in the atmosphere provides the spectacular light show, but cloudy skies might block the view for some stargazers.
“One of the best things about the Perseids meteor shower is the fact it occurs during the summer months across the Northern Hemisphere,” AccuWeather Meteorologist and astronomy blogger Dave Samuhel said. “Summer tends to feature more clear skies than the colder seasons.”
In 2013, six skeletons were found in two different cars pulled from a lake in Oklahoma. Eventually it was determined the cars were from two different missing persons cases. The first car was linked to the disappearance of three adults in 1969 (ages 69, 58 and 42) . The occupants were last seen after asking for a “push” to get the car started. The second car was associated to three high school friends who disappeared without a trace in 1970. The driver was sixteen years old and his two friends were eighteen.
Oklahoma law enforcement accidentally found these vehicles as they were testing new sonar equipment. The cars were found in twelve feet of water. So one has to wonder: How many other cars with skeletons and decomposing bodies are at the bottom of lakes across North America?
This is a legitimate (if grim) question. In Canada, 977 adults and 151 children are listed on the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains web site. These numbers are likely lower than the actual numbers of missing persons across Canada. First, the web site is only a year or two old. Second, the NCMPUR database relies (as it must) on submissions from investigating police agencies, coroners and medical examiners. No submission, no listing in the database.
The RCMP has pleaded not guilty to four labour code charges in Moncton RCMP shootings. The charges include:
- Failing to provide RCMP members with appropriate use of force equipment and related user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter event.
- Failing to provide RCMP members with appropriate information, instruction and/or training to ensure their health and safety when responding to an active threat or active shooter event in an open environment.
- Failing to provide RCMP supervisory personnel with appropriate information, instruction and/or training to ensure the health and safety of RCMP members when responding to an active threat or active shooter event in an open environment.
- Failing to ensure the health and safety at work of every person employed by it, namely: RCMP members, was protected.