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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

Orion Nebula.

Orion Nebula.

The Hubble View

Explanation: Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula. Also known as M42, the nebula’s glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1,500 light-years away. The Orion Nebula offers one of the best opportunities to study how stars are born partly because it is the nearest large star-forming region, but also because the nebula’s energetic stars have blown away obscuring gas and dust clouds that would otherwise block our view – providing an intimate look at a range of ongoing stages of starbirth and evolution. This detailed image of the Orion Nebula is the sharpest ever, constructed using data from the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys and the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla 2.2 meter telescope. The mosaic contains a billion pixels at full resolution and reveals about 3,000 stars.
Image credit NASA APOD Collection: M42: The Orion Nebula