Scenes from Space

Enjoy the first installment of "Scenes from Space". Every Friday, I will post a space-related image and a little description of it. I frequent a lot of space-related websites, and this is a way that I can share some of the neat things I find with you guys!

This first image is one taken during the Perseid meteor shower last August. The photographer is the astronomer Fred Bruenjes. He recorded a series of 30 second exposures spanning six hours during the meteor shower. This year, the Perseids meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours on Friday, August 12 - but can also be seen during the wee hours of the morning on Saturday. If you're interested in this meteor shower, be sure to catch it this year. Next year there will be a full moon during the peak of the shower, making it too bright to see any meteors.

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