HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The peak of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower has come and gone. For those that missed seeing meteors in the Tennessee Valley due to clouds, check out these cool images released by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) August 13, 2016
These are composite images produced by the sky cameras operated by NASA here in the Southeast.
Charles Grisham shared a great picture of a meteor to the WHNT News 19 Facebook page.
The Perseids, which peak during mid-August, are considered the best meteor shower of the year. With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long “wakes” of light and color behind them as they streak through Earth’s atmosphere. The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers (50-100 meteors seen per hour) and occur with warm summer nighttime weather, allowing sky watchers to easily view them.
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Shooting star! In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. The Perseids show up every year in August when Earth ventures through trails of debris left behind by an ancient comet. This year, Earth may be in for a closer encounter than usual with the comet trails that result in meteor shower, setting the stage for a spectacular display. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #perseids #meteor #perseidmeteor #meteorshower #westvirginia #earth #shootingstar #nasabeyond #science
Perseids are also known for their fireballs. Fireballs are larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of cometary material.