Tonight, August 12, 2010 is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower.
For a great photo of a Perseid meteor from my friend George Gajdos, click here.
The Perseids are named for the constellation Perseus, from which they appear to radiate, though more correctly they are remnant debris left over from the comet Swift-Tuttle.Frequencies of up to 45 sightings per hour are possible for us in the northern hemisphere. There are some great facts about this meteor shower HERE.
Tomorrow night, August 13th will also be a great night for viewing if it is clear.
So what do meteors have to do with precision machining?
Ultimately machining relies on tools and tooling, and meteoric iron was an early “tool” material.
What we take for granted today, (Steel) is a commodity, abundant and worthy of fighting in a court of law over regarding “dumping and trade cases” was not so very long ago, precious, rare, and literally the best material on earth which fell out of the sky…Truly a material of heavenly origin.
Here is the story of the Jahangir Dagger from the Smithsonian as quoted from Wareham Forge blog: