Leftover remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the Perseids meteor shower did not disappoint on this night in August of 2007.
Though sporadic meteors (or shooting stars) adorn the sky on any given night of the year, meteor showers are usually annual events, occurring on certain dates. When Earth's orbit collides with the orbit of a comet that once passed long ago, the stream of cometary debris burning up in the Earth's atmosphere results in a meteor showers. These showers tend to intensify after midnight and can vary in intensity every year based on the 'amount' of debris the earth is plowing through, favored locations on earth for viewing, i.e. southern vs northern hemisphere, Europe vs Americas etc., as well as the current phase of the moon. The brighter the moon is, the less visible the shooting stars.
The Perseids, probably the best known and most reliable of all meteor showers, are expected to peak before dawn's first light on August 12 2008. It's probable that you'll see 50 to 100 meteors per hour. The Perseids are known for their relatively high number of trains, or meteor trails that linger for a moment or two.
This piece shot Time-Lapse on the moco-head to give the 'panning' effect. Look for the galaxy high up in the sky in the wide angle shot. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
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