On the night
of August 12, from moonset until dawn was
a good time to see meteors.
as comet dust rained on planet Earth,
streaking through dark
skies during the annual
Perseid Meteor Shower.
Anticipating the shower
approaching its peak,
astronomer Marco Verstraaten recorded a series of exposures capturing
meteors over a period of 6 hours using a wide angle lens
from a not-so-dark site in the Netherlands.
Combining them still produced this dramatic night sky view with
many colorful meteor streaks.
The starry backdrop includes the Milky Way and
even the faint Andromeda Galaxy, right of center.
Although the comet dust particles are traveling parallel to each
other, the shower meteors clearly seem to radiate from a spot
on the sky in the
The radiant effect is due to
as the parallel tracks appear to converge at a distance.
Bright stars in Perseus extend into the gap between the
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