Starting in early August and peaking this past weekend, Perseid meteors streaked across skies around the world.
As up to 100 meteors an hour lit up the night sky, Flickr photographers captured the annual celestial event. This gallery features some of the photos we received in our Yahoo! News "Your Photos" group. The Perseids, named for the constellation Perseus from which the meteors appear to emerge, arrive when Earth passes through debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The comet’s dust smashes into our planet’s atmosphere at 132,000 mph, according to NASA. Check out photos from past Perseid meteor showers or add yours to our Flickr group. Photos by: allencarrollcook, EMHazel, nalamanpics, Jodi Irvin Photography, Antonio Costa, bjarne.winkler, RHS in Nova Scotia, Sergio Garcia Rill, Jay Craft, StephenGA, Hongming Zheng, wd.bowman, Andrius Aleksandravičius, Kenneth Brandon, slworking2, Eric Dugan, Cat Connor, Mark Chance Photography, pylacroix, p_c_w, Gary D. Avey, Matt Molloy (Photo © Kenneth Brandon) Photographer Kenneth Brandon created this composite shot of 73 meteors on Aug. 12 in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in California’s White Mountains. He writes: “For the Perseids I headed out to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. The oldest trees in the world are quite impressive. This is a composite shot of 73 meteors I found in a time-lapse I was shooting. I aligned the meteors as they were captured according to where they were against the stars. Huge thanks to Wayne Barsky ( flickr.com/lightismight) who happened to be shooting nearby and let me borrow an extra intervalometer after both my time-lapse dolly and intervalometer had broken. Without that, this shot would not have been possible! My Facebook Page: on.fb.me/KennethDarkSkyChaser” (Photo © wd.bowman) Photographer Bill Bowman created this composite image from photos taken on Aug. 12 near Ward, Colo. He writes: “The Perseid Meteor Shower as seen from the University of Colorado's Mountain Research Station. This photo is a composite of 12 images (culled from 480) shot over a 4 hour period on the morning of August 12th. The Milky Way had light clouds in it that caught the lights of the nearby Boulder/ Denver Megalopolis and turned it orange. Only marginally adjusted to account for the Earth's rotation. Note that the meteor trails mostly point to the constellation Perseus.... thus the Perseid meteor shower.” (Photo © p_c_w) Photographer Paul Williams took this photo on Aug. 12. (Photo © nalamanpics) Alan Soper snapped this shot of a Perseid meteor on Aug. 11 through a cloudy sky. (Photo © pylacroix) Photographer Pierre Yves Lacroix took this photo on Aug. 12. (Photo © Cat Connor) This photo was taken on Aug. 9 near Bodie, Calif. (Photo © Eric Dugan) Eric Dugan took this photo on Aug. 12 from Glacier Point in Yosemite, Calif. He writes: “A rock climber [is] camping out on the face of Half Dome during the Perseids Meteor Shower.” (Photo © slworking2) This photo was taken on Aug. 11 in San Diego County, Calif. The photographer writes: “Tonight the crescent moon will be bright enough to illuminate the canyons of Fonts Point -- yet should still be dim enough to not wash out the Milky Way. I hope to do some better shots of this scene tonight.” (Photo © A. Aleksandravičius) This photo was shot on Aug. 12 in Kaunas County, Lithuania. (Photo © EMHazel) Photographer Maryann Hazel took this photo of a streaking Perseid, to the right of the Milky Way, on Aug. 11. (Photo © RHS in Nova Scotia) Flickr photographer RHS in Nova Scotia snapped this shot of star trails with a meteor, at left, on Aug. 11. She writes: “I've never tried to capture star trails before but when the camera club organised a trip to Aspotogan Sea Spa, I knew I wanted to go. Aspotogan Sea Spa is a huge construction which began being built in 1994 and the developer ran out of money the following year. Since then it's been sitting empty and although it has been sold, no development of the site has occurred. It sits right on the peninsular and has security but the camera club managed to get permission to be on the grounds. It was a perfect night. Once the bugs had gone to bed, we could see the Milky Way very clearly in the sky. The amount of shooting stars were incredible. A fabulous location, the sound of the sea crashing on the rocks below, a great temperature, and brilliant company. So for my first attempt at star trails, I had a great time.”
Gary D. Avey) This photo was taken on Aug. 9. The photographer writes: “Many of us live in sprawling urban areas and very rarely get the opportunity to see the stars of the night sky. I'm one of those people, and I failed miserably last month trying to get a long exposure of the Milky Way from a few miles outside of town. Well, here's "take two". I got WAY out of town! This photo highlights the Milky Way as seen at high altitude on a moonless night in August 2013. This was just prior to the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The glow on the horizon is from urban areas more than 100 miles distant. Just above the horizon are faint, near-horizontal light trails from passenger jets. Just to the right of the Milky Way is a near vertical light trail from a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere. Just below and left of the meteor trail is the "Dark Horse Nebula". It is, of course, in the shape of a horse (head toward top, legs pointing toward the right). The light trails below the horizon are from cars traveling a roadway in the distance. Please stay tuned for more shots and a special time-lapse video that I will be putting together this week. Due to various limitations, I'm only able to travel about 3 times per year. This was one of my trips, and I was very happy to be in the company of my friend, Chris. It was several years ago that I posted a story about a mountain lion that was stalking the two of us on a night-sky viewing trip. Well, "déjà vu all over again"! On our way back from this trip, I saw not one, but TWO mountain lions crossing the road in separate locations! The two astronomy trips are the only times I've ever seen the elusive cougar.”
(Photo © Matt Molloy) This photo was taken on Aug. 11. The photographer writes: “I made this image from 10 photos. I adjusted each frame, aligning the stars then cutting out each meteor to keep the radiant in the same place. (the radiant is the point in the sky where the meteors appear to come from, it moves with the stars throughout the night because of Earths rotation) One of the shots had 2 meteors, so there are 11 meteors in total. I shot this on the night of the 10th, into the early morning. The peak is coming in the next few days. I'm hoping for clear skies, though tonight (the 11th) isn't looking too promising.”
(Photo © Sergio Garcia Rill) Rill took this photo on Aug. 12 in Jeff Davis County, Texas. See more of his work at facebook.com/s.garcia.rill and www.sgarciarill.com. He writes: “A very bright fireball from the Perseid meteor shower, along with the Otto Struve Telescope from the McDonald Observatory and the milky way. I actually didn't see this fireball as it fell; I was looking the other way when it happened but it had a very bright flash that lit up the ground, so I turned around and I saw the still lingering train of the meteor. For full disclosure, I need to say I've edited this image to show the telescope with the light on. It was like that about 10 minutes before the fireball fell, so I don't feel it alters the context too much.” (Photo © allencarrollcook) Allen Cook took this photo on Aug. 11. (Photo © Jay Craft) Photo by Jason Craft. (Photo © Hongming Zheng) Hongming Zheng snapped this photo of a Perseid from his back yard on Aug. 5. (Photo © Mark Chance Photography) This photo was taken on Aug. 12. The photographer writes: “One of many Perseid Meteors we saw tonight. 5 cameras going so hopefully we'll find some more. Didcot Power station in the distance.” (Photo © Jodi Irvin Photography) Jodi Irvin took this photo of a Perseid on Aug. 11 near Havana, Ill. (Photo © Bjarne Winkler) Bjarne Winkler took this photo on Aug. 10 near Alta, Calif. (Photo © StephenGA) Stephen Rahn captured a photo of this meteor on Aug. 10. (Photo © Antonio Costa) A Perseid meteor streaks under the Milky Way in this shot, taken by Antonio Costa on Aug. 9.