This year's Perseid meteor shower turned out to be a glorious event, treating sky watchers to a dazzling light show. Every Summer, Earth passes near the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle and crosses it's debris stream. The warm lazy nights are a perfect time to enjoy this cosmic performance and is a favorite of star gazers because they can enjoy long bright streaks of comet dust. Radiating from the constellation Perseus, they linger a few awe-inspiring moments from the ionized gas trails. The shower proved successful to many talented astrophotographers who graciously allowed Stellar Eyes to share their breathe-taking photos. They were able to catch dozens of meteors along with brilliant and colorful air-glow. Their work gives us a chance to immerse in the magic of the universe and be inspired by it's endless wonders. Feel free to share so others can enjoy these truly spectacular images.
Every year during mid-August, the Earth passes near the orbit of Swift-Tuttle and crosses the comet's debris stream. Over the next few nights we will be able to see bright meteors from that comet. Look to northeast to the constellation Perseus to see shooting stars. It is best just to lie back and look up at the stars as they may come from any direction. Best time to watch is Midnight to about 4 am. The 2013 Perseid meteor shower will peak overnight between Aug. 11 and 12, and Aug. 12 and 13.