A small Perseid meteor is on the left above the tree line. Mimie Ditch Photography/Moment/Getty ImagesFor casual and die-hard astronomers alike, the middle of August means the return of the Perseid meteor shower. " The constellation Perseus JoeLena/DigitalVision VectorsAnd while they take his name, the meteors don't actually come from the stars in the Perseus constellation, which are hundreds of light-years away. Three years later, an Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaperelli identified the comet as the origin of the Perseid meteor shower. While it's unlikely anyone living today will ever see this comet when it returns in 2126, we can still witness its effect on the solar system, and our planet, with the annual Perseid meteor shower.