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Perseid photos 2021: A week of shooting stars

11 Aug 2021, 17:00 UTC
Perseid photos 2021: A week of shooting stars
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Stephen Hummel caught this photo on August 9, 2021. He wrote: “A Perseid meteor pierced through our atmosphere at the same moment a large sprite appeared over Sonora, Mexico. Meteors and sprites occur at roughly the same altitude. The distance to the sprite is roughly 300 miles [500 km], and was generated by a 48kA positive lightning strike. The distance to the meteor is unknown. Probably my luckiest capture yet!” Stephen, who works for McDonald Observatory in West Texas is an expert at capturing lightning sprites. See another sprite photo from Stephen.
Enjoy these Perseid photos!
2021 has been a fabulous year for the beloved Perseid meteor shower. No matter where you live worldwide, the peak mornings of the shower are likely August 11, 12, and 13. On the peak mornings in 2021 – in the early morning hours, when the most meteors will be flying – there’ll be no moon to ruin the show. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy this shower. And here are a few of our favorite photos, of the many rolling in this week at EarthSky Community Photos. Thank you to all who are contributing photos! Submit your meteor photo here.
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