Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Perseid Meteors and the Milky Way
Posted on 08/14/2012 2:29:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Where will the next Perseid meteor appear? Sky enthusiasts who trekked outside for the Perseid meteor shower that peaked over the past few days typically had this question on their mind. Six meteors from this past weekend are visible in the above stacked image composite, including one bright fireball streaking along the band of the background Milky Way Galaxy. All Perseid meteors appear to come from the shower radiant in the constellation of Perseus. Early reports about this year's Perseids indicate that as many as 100 meteors per hour were visible from some dark locations during the peak. The above digital mosaic was taken near Weikersheim, Germany.
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[Credit & Copyright: Jens Hackmann]
Growing Gallery: Perseid meteor shower images
Makes me want to catch a ride on a meteor!
Did you wish upon this star?
Saw a pretty bright one late Friday night from my driveway under poor conditions. That was it for me!
ISS (space station) has been going over WA the past few days at 9 and 11 pm.
gives the times and positions of visible satellites. Neat site.
Went outside @ the right time — found the “Little Dipper” through the clouds — no meteors :( Couldn’t stay out until 4 AM, had work.
Always next year!!
Nice job! You must have been on your A-Game with your digital camera from the backyard that night! Still gonna be awfully tough for you to top those pics you recently took on Mars.
I didn’t get out there. I should point out though that the peak nights are not the only nights, and the train of debris that produces these showers had the random, oddball big chunk of junk that can even be seen in daytime. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a daytime bolide just once, and that was because a kinda slow kid I used to work with was giving his best stoner stare during an outdoor break, and said, “is that a shooting star?” It was something to see. This happened, hmm, either 2002 or 2003, summer.
I should admit right now that these pics are what I took *last* year. The reason for the long delay is the radio lag between here and Mars. BTW, someone send me a blanket.
Overcast here :(
Ohio is the cloudiest state after Washington. Sigh...