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
Explanation: Skygazers around planet Earth enjoyed the close encounter of planets and Moon in July 15’s predawn skies. And while many saw bright Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, Europeans also had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon as it slid through the night. Clouds threaten in this telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but the frame still captures Jupiter after it emerged from the occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon’s night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. In fact, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io are larger than Earth’s Moon, while Europa is only slightly smaller.
Image Credit NASA APOD collection:MOON MEETS JUPITER