This photo is a two-hour composite of multiple exposures taken during the maximum of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower. There are 48 Perseids—including two spectacular fireballs— and 5 sporadic or random meteors in the shot. See below to watch a video of the trail left by the green fireball. Jeremy Perez
It’s time for the Perseids again! This has to be the most fun shower of the year. The sky is often clear, weather pleasant and nobody worries too much about staying up late. You’ve probably already seen a smattering of shower meteors this week, but the peak night will be Sunday (Aug. 12-13) when up to 50 meteors an hour will fly from a dark sky. If you’re closer to a city, cut that number in half. That same evening, watch for a delicate, day-and-a-half-old crescent moon low in the western sky just a half-hour after sunset two fists to the right of Venus.
Brighter Perseids leave glowing trails called trains. Watch this one expand and evolve in this short video.
Perseids (PER-see-ids) get their name from Perseus a fainter constellation that dangles below the familiar W of Cassiopeia in the northeastern sky in late summer and fall. The ...