PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a broad stream of debris from
comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Although the shower won't peak until August 12-13, when Earth hits the densest part of the stream, the first Perseids are already arriving. Check http://spaceweather.com for images and updates.
QUIET SUN: Many readers are asking about a recent media report, which
stated that a Carrington-class solar storm narrowly missed Earth two
weeks ago. That report is inaccurate. Solar activity was low throughout
July and remains low as August begins. Details at http://spaceweather.com.