Perseid Meteors and the Milky Way

Perseid Meteors and the Milky Way

Explanation: Where will the next Perseid meteor appear? Sky enthusiasts who trekked outside

for the Perseid meteor shower that peaked over the past few days typically had this

question on their mind. Six meteors from this past weekend are visible in the above stacked

image composite, including one bright fireball streaking along the band of the background

Milky Way Galaxy. All Perseid meteors appear to come from the shower radiant in the

constellation of Perseus. Early reports about this year’s Perseids indicate that as many as

100 meteors per hour were visible from some dark locations during the peak. The above

digital mosaic was taken near Weikersheim, Germany.

Image Credit & Copyright: Jens Hackmann

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