Photo of a comet plummeting towards Earth's atmosphere taken from on-board the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Ron Garan. (c) NASA/Ron Garan

Stunning photos of the Perseid meteor shower

I was lucky enough this weekend to be away from the city and at an altitude of about 1800m, deep in the mountain side. The rare, clean atmosphere allowed for an uncanny view of the night sky, at least for an urbanite as myself, filled with the most distinguishable stellar bodies I’ve ever been granted to see. The whole experience was turn to gold as I found myself right in the middle of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which covered the firmament with shooting stars every few minutes or so. Actually, the International Meteor Organization recorded an average of 30 shooting stars an hour Friday morning, rising to 45 to 60 by Friday night and Saturday morning. And on top of everything, one had a bright full moon performing on the skyline stage as well.

Now, like I said, I had an incredible view which I’d love to re-edit as many times as possible, but can you imagine how the show must have been like from above the meteor shower, instead of beneath it. Well, astronaut Ron Garan surprised a shooting star with his camera in all its splendor as it was passing below the International Space Station, and like expected it’s nothing short of breathtaking.

Photo of a comet plummeting towards Earth's atmosphere taken from on-board the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Ron Garan. (c) NASA/Ron Garan

Photo of a comet plummeting towards Earth’s atmosphere taken from on-board the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Ron Garan. Click on photo for larger zoom. (NASA)

Wow, eh? My reaction exactly!

“What a ‘Shooting Star’ looks like #FromSpace Taken yesterday during Perseids Meteor Shower…” Garan tweeted from his Twitter account on Sunday, who is at the end of his six months tour on-board the ISS. Quite the finale it must have been for the American astronaut.

The Perseid meteor shower hits Earth every August, as a result of a myriad of debris filled with dust particles left over from the Swift-Tuttle comet. The meteors originate from the constellation Perseus, hence the name. The ice and dust particles, most sized like a grain of sand, while others comparable to peas or marbles, enter Earth’s atmosphere at 133,200 mph, plummeting in flames – none reach the ground.

Although, the Perseid meteor shower peaked on August 12, those of you who missed it due to weather or whatever other reasons shouldn’t fret since Perseids will be active till August 24, where you can glimpse at least 5-10 meteors per hour.

It’s time to dust off that telescope from the attic. What was your experience with the Perseids? Did any of you manage to take some photos? If so, please share – impressions and photos are welcome in the comment section below or on our facebook page.

Here’s some more stunning photos of the Perseids, this time taken from the ground.

 

14 thoughts on “Stunning photos of the Perseid meteor shower

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  2. Robayliss

    great article, i have followed Alex for about 3 years now, and i love his music and his videos! Good luck with christmas number 1! i will buy it for sure! :D

  3. WRARR

    I've been subscribed to nerimon for years. However one thing about this article annoys me. A lot of people who bought the remixes would not have done it if the money wasn't going to charity. FACT.

    To say I just sold too many so I decided to give some of the money to charity is to do those people a disservice in my eyes and is rather misleading about how many people would have bought the album if the money wasn't for charity.

  4. Dee Murphy

    I respect your opinion WRARR but I disagree. Fans also bought the remixes of Lady Godiva, not because the money was going to charity, but because they liked them and wanted to get Alex further up the charts. I think you are the one doing the disservice to Alex's fans.

  5. WRARR

    I agree that lots of them did buy it because they liked it and because they wanted to help Alex. However a lot of people who bought it wouldn't have done it if all the money was going to Alex. I'm very confident about that.

  6. WRARR

    Alot of people bought it BECAUSE the money was going to charity. The article makes it sound like they bought it thinking all the money was going to Alex and because he had too much he decided to generously give some to charity.

  7. Meur123

    Oh okk I get it now.

    But I don't think it was all about that. I think that people were mostly buying FY so that Alex got a #1, sort of as a way of sticking it to the record labels.

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