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Perseid Meteor Show Wows Skywatchers with Celestial Fireworks (Photos)

 Plenty of meteors — including some fireballs — are manifest over Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in this print by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill. He prisoner these meteors during a rise of a Perseid meteor showering on Aug. 12, 2018.
Credit: Sergio Garcia Rill

Brilliant displays of Perseid meteors illuminated adult a heavens this past weekend as a annual Perseid meteor showering reached a peak.

Skywatchers opposite a Northern Hemisphere had a best views of a Perseid meteor shower, that constructed around 60 to 70 “shooting stars” per hour over a weekend. The showering coming overnight on Sunday (Aug. 12) and early into Monday morning (Aug. 13). 

Because a meteor shower’s rise arrived only after a new moon on Saturday (Aug. 11), a dim “moonless” sky supposing glorious conditions for spotting meteors in a night sky. [Photos: Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Displays]


Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski prisoner this print of a fireball during a Perseid meteor showering in Aug 2018.
Credit: Stojan Stojanovski

As Perseid meteors dashed opposite a sky via a night, skywatchers were treated to a occasional fireball meteor. Fireballs are vast meteors that raze with bright, immature light as they enter Earth’s atmosphere.

At Galičica National Park nearby Ohrid, Macedonia, astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski prisoner a Perseid fireball as it illuminated adult a starry sky above a relaxed towering landscape. “Near a large reservoir where animals splash water, we started sharpened around 11 p.m. internal time,” Stojanovski told Space.com. “It was a good night with really good series of meteors per hour.”

Watching a meteor showering outward Las Vegas, astrophotographer Tyler Leavitt speckled a pink-and-green Perseid meteor channel in front of a Milky Way — and indicating toward Mars. 

A Perseid meteor, Mars and a Milky Way light adult a night sky in this print taken nearby Las Vegas by Tyler Leavitt overnight on Aug. 12-13, 2018.
Credit: Tyler Leavitt

The Red Planet, that is still splendid in a sky following a close proceed to Earth on Jul 31, continues to offer fantastic views in a night sky. While watchful for a Perseids to make an coming over southern Idaho, photographer Catherine Oostdyk snapped a perspective of her son Benjamin patiently scanning a skies. No meteors are manifest in a photo, though a picture does uncover Mars, a biggest and brightest intent in a sky. 

Although most of a U.S. was incompetent to see a meteor showering due to cloudy continue and smoke from wildfires, skywatchers in Europe were sanctified with transparent skies. In Italy, Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist with a Virtual Telescope Project, hosted a live webcast of a Perseid meteor showering from Castel Santa Maria. Masi told Space.com that a meteor-spotting eventuality “went really well, and we could see tons of stars and many Perseids.”

Benjamin Oostdyk patiently waits for early Perseid meteors while camping with his family in Idaho in this print taken by his mom Catherine a few days before a rise of a Perseid meteor showering of 2018. Mars is manifest as a splendid orange intent during left.
Credit: Catherine Oostdyk

While a meteor shower’s rise has passed, a Perseids haven’t left us only yet. Some meteors will still be manifest until a finish of August. The subsequent vital meteor showering will be a Orionids, that rise on Oct. 21-22.

Several Perseid meteors lurch opposite a sky above Italy's Castel Santa Maria in this print by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of a Virtual Telescope Project taken during a rise on Aug. 12-13, 2018.
Credit: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project

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