Comet dust rained down on planet Earth earlier this month, streaking
through dark skies in the annual Perseid meteor shower.
While enjoying the anticipated
space weather above
China, astronomer Xiang Zhan recorded a series of 10 second long exposures
spanning four hours on the night of August 12/13 using a wide angle lens.
Combining frames which captured 68 meteor flashes, he produced
the above composite view of the
Although the sand-sized comet particles are traveling parallel
to each other, the resulting shower meteors clearly seem to
radiate from a single point on the
sky in the
The radiant effect is due to
perspective, as the parallel
tracks appear to converge at a distance.
The next notable meteor shower may be the
Orionids in late October.
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