See it! 2017’s Perseid meteor shower | Astronomy Essentials

Despite a bright moon, the brightest Perseids are putting on a good show. See photos from the EarthSky community here.

Perseid meteor on the morning of August 12, 2017 from Hrvoje Crnjak in Šibenik, Croatia. Notice the variations in brightness and color throughout, and the little “pop” of brightness toward the bottom. A brightness “pop” like that comes from a clump of vaporizing debris. Thank you, Hrvoje!

Rachel Sykes in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada wrote that she merged 2 images into 1, to create this image. She said: “This was my first time photographing meteors and I wasn’t sure what I would end up with. When I got home to check my images, I found two meteors! I was extremely happy with the second one since I managed to capture a colorful fire tail!”

Russ Adams caught this meteor on the morning of August 12, 2017. See the “pop” at the end of the meteor? And see Orion rising? Thanks, Russ.

Russ Adams also caught these 2 meteors, traveling on parallel paths, on the morning of August 11, 2017.

Gowrishankar Lakshminarayanan observed from Jenny Jump State Park on August 12. He wrote: “This is a 3-image photo composite to show the Perseid showers. The conditions weren’t conducive for observing in New Jersey. I had a very small window of clear skies. Also, the rate of meteors wasn’t that great. I still managed to get couple of streaks.”

Deborah Byrd

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