As the Perseid meteors hit up the upper atmosphere and dazzle the night skies, here are some stunning photographs of the celestial spectacle.
In this 30 second cameras exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on Wednesday, Aug. 11, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. (AP)
Stargazers are in for a treat this week as Perseid meteor shower hit Earth’s upper atmosphere from the night of August 11.
While the event will peak on August 11-13, the meteors and their trails will be visible for another 10 days between midnight and dawn. Nasa said the best time to view is during the pre-dawn hours on August 12.
According to Nasa, Perseids offer the best chance to see a meteor shower from Earth because of the sheer number of meteors passing every hour — 100-120 per hour.
Perseids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere during the pre-dawn hours. At times, it is possible to view meteors from this shower as early as 10 pm, according to Nasa.
Scroll down to see photos of the celestial spectacle:
1View from West Virginia
Perseids come from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids. Known for fireballs that glow in the night sky, these meteors leave behind a dusty trail every year as Earth passes through their debris field. During the peak, one meteor, which appears like a shooting star, can be seen every two minutes. (AP)
2Perseid meteor shower peaks
A meteor dashes above Tvrtkovac mountain during the Perseid meteor shower seen from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. To watch the meteor shower, find somewhere comfortable, avoiding bright lights as much as possible, and give your eyes some time to adjust to the dark —up to half an hour. If it is a clear sky, you don’t need any equipment to watch the beautiful meteor shower. (Reuters)
3Perseid meteor shower seen from Zenica
Perseid comes from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle that orbits around Sun once every 133 years and is named after Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle, who first spotted it in 1862. (Reuters)
4Stunning view from US
In this 30 second camera exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. If you are interested in celestial events and are dazzled by the unique phenomena of the universe, the Perseid meteor shower is something you should not miss. (AP)
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