The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event between mid-July and
mid-August in which debris from the tail of Swift-Tuttle hits the atmosphere on the Earth’s annual migration around the Sun. On a clear night, the meteor shower produces plenty of shooting stars for star-gazers and photographers to enjoy.
(Photo © Isaac Baquero Pérez) Photographer Isaac Baquero Pérez took this single shot near Aragon, Spain, on Aug. 9, 2012. (Photo © Thunderbolt_TW) Photographer Thunderbolt_TW took this photo of a Perseid meteor (in purple on the left) and the Milky Way on Aug. 14, 2012. (Photo © C. Fredrickson Photography) In this composite image taken on Aug. 12, 2012, near Towns County, Ga., photographer Carl Fredrickson layered multiple shots taken of the southern end of the Milky Way. (Photo © Fort Photo) Photographer Michael Menfee created this composite image — made from 324 shots of 25 seconds each — in August 2012, near Copperton, Wyo. Another image was taken at a longer shutter speed, he writes, for foreground lighting from the moonlight. “When I saw how clearly the Milky Way was rendering to the west, I couldn't resist pointing one camera away from the meteor shower radiant to test my luck. With over 27 meteors, my luck was very good!” he writes. (Photo © European Southern Observatory) To get this photo, shot in August 2010, Stéphane Guisard of the European Southern Observatory set up three cameras to take continuous time-lapse images from the platform of the Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. This photo was one of 8,000 individual shots taken the nights of Aug. 12-13 and 13-14. Night sky watcher Natalie Duran took this photo of the Perseid meteor shower from Joshua Tree National Park on August 12, 2012. The photographer can be seen standing on a rock in the background. The stunning night sky and a Perseid meteor is seen over the trees of Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire (PA) (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” Perseid's from Keller, Washington on August 8th at 2:23 and 2:40 am PDT (Photo © A. Aleksandravičius) This photo was shot on Aug. 12 in Kaunas County, Lithuania. (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 © p_c_w) Photographer Paul Williams took this photo on Aug. 12. (Photo © allencarrollcook) Allen Cook took this photo on Aug. 11. (Photo © EMHazel) Photographer Maryann Hazel took this photo of a streaking Perseid, to the right of the Milky Way, on Aug. 11. (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 © Antonio Costa) A Perseid meteor streaks under the Milky Way in this shot, taken by Antonio Costa on Aug. 9. (Photo © nalamanpics) Alan Soper snapped this shot of a Perseid meteor on Aug. 11 through a cloudy sky. (Photo © Jodi Irvin Photography) Jodi Irvin took this photo of a Perseid on Aug. 11 near Havana, Ill. HOLMES CHAPEL, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor (R) streaks across the sky past the light trail of an aircraft over the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank on August 13, 2013 in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom.The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) A meteor is seen during the Perseids meteor shower over the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. A meteor is seen during the Perseids meteor shower over the one of the stones of the Avebury's Neolithic henge monument in Wiltshire. After last year's failure to shoot the Perseids, I have been planning to try again. I got the truck loaded up and checked cloud cover forecasts for the Southwest, and it looked like I might have to go... The Perseids are the dust and debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle, which will not be visible from Earth until 2125 (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) People in the city could see up to 60 meteors per hour, up to 100 per hour in the country People in the city could see up to 60 meteors per hour, up to 100 per hour in the country