Photos: Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Displays

Close-up of a Perseid Fireball

NASA/MSFC/D. Moser, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office

Close-up image of a Perseid "fireball" meteor.

Marco Verstraaten's Long Exposure of Perseid Meteors

Marco Verstraaten

On the night of August 12, 2010, astronomer Marco Verstraaten recorded a series of exposures capturing meteors in the Perseid Meteor Shower over a period of 6 hours using a wide angle lens from a not-so-dark site in the Netherlands.

Perseid, Moonlight & Auroral Glow

Jimmy Westlake, Colorado Mountain College

Astronomer Jimmy Westlake captured this bright Perseid meteor, in spite of a bright combination of moonlight and auroral glow over Colorado skies in August 2000.

Storm on the Horizon and Perseid Meteor

Robert Arn (

Storms on the distant horizon and a Perseid meteor racing above combine in this nightscape. Robert Arn recorded this scene in the early hours of August 13, 2010, from the Keota Star Party site on the Pawnee National Grasslands of northeastern Colorado, USA. Bright Jupiter shines through the clouds at right.

Tudorica Image of 2008 Perseid Meteor Shower

Alex Tudorica/Argelander Institute for Astronomy

A mountain top above the clouds and light-polluted cities of Romania served as a good spot from which astrophotographer Alex Tudorica could watch the 2008 Perseid meteor shower. This composite picture from one of the highest points in Romania, the Omu summit (2,507 meters) in the Southern Carpathian Mountains, captured about 20 of the shower's bright streaks.

Perseid & Vancouver Waterfront

(c) Yuichi Takasaka/

Yuichi Takasaka created this image during the 2008 Perseid Meteor Shower, showing a colorful waterfront view of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The picture combines many consecutive 2-second exposures that cover a total time of 1 hour and 33 minutes. The gap in the single meteor trail was caused by the time gap between the consecutive frames.

Perseid Over Joshua Tree


Wally Pacholka produced this image of the 2008 Perseid Meteor Shower. The image is one of over 350 frames captured on August 12, 2008, in the Joshua Tree National Park, in California, USA.

Before the Meteor Rush

Tamas Ladanyi (

This bright Perseid meteor streaking through skies near Lake Balaton, Hungary on August 8, 2010, served as advance guard for the meteor shower that was scheduled to peak a few days later. In the foreground stands the region's Church of St. Andrew ruin, with bright Jupiter dominating the sky to its right. Two galaxies lie in the background: our own Milky Way, and the faint smudge of the more distant Andromeda Galaxy just above the ruin's leftmost wall.

Meteor in Moonlight

Babak Tafreshi/

On August 13, 2009, the moon was seen here above rock formations in the Alborz Mountains near Firouzkooh, Iran. With a dramatic desert landscape in the foreground, a Perseid meteor streaked through the moonlit sky between the overexposed Moon and bright planet Jupiter at the upper right.

Perseid Meteor Near Wichita, Kansas, August 2011

Gary Rader

Photographer Gary Rader caught this Perseid meteor west of Wichita, Kansas, on August 13, 2011.

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