The meteor shower brings together crowds of skywatchers year after year when it puts on a spectacular display.
The phenomenon is known as the “tears of St. Lawrence” to some Catholics.
Saint Lawrence, the early Christian martyr, was cooked to death by the Romans on an outdoor grill.
He was killed on August 10, 258, during the persecution of the emperor Valerian and was the last of the seven deacons of Rome to die.
After the pope, Sixtus II, was martyred on August 6, Lawrence is said to have become the principal authority of the Roman Church.
When he was summoned before the executioners, Lawrence was ordered to bring all the wealth of the church with him.
Catholics say he showed up with a handful of crippled, poor, and sick men, and when questioned, replied: “These are the true wealth of the Church.”
He was immediately sent to his death, being cooked alive on a outdoor grill.
Catholics call the meteors the “tears of Saint Lawrence,” even though the celestial phenomenon pre-dates the saint.
Some Italian lore even says the fiery bits of debris seen during a meteor shower are the coals that killed Saint Lawrence.
Some traditions say if you water a basil plant and set it out on the night of the meteor shower, they will find coal chips underneath the plant next day from Saint Lawrence’s tears.
This year you can catch the spectacular display on August 12 and 13 when the shower is expected to explode with intensity.
The Perseids are a result of the Earth’s orbit, when it travels through the cloud of debris caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle.
This is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by our planet.
Swift-Tuttle measures a massive 16 miles, and last passed by Earth in 1992.
The next time it will pass is 2126.
Although we won’t see the comet itself, we will still witness the trail of debris left by it.