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Under the Starry Sky: Trio Watches Meteor Shower in Stunning Photo

Perseids Meteor Shower by Arora
Astrophotographer <a href="">Deepanshu Arora</a> took this image during Perseids Meteor shower week on August 18, 2015 at Cannon Beach in Oregon. (Image credit: Deepanshu Arora | <a href="">PhotosByDeepanshu</a>)

A trio of skywatchers enjoy the beach watching meteors streak across the starry sky.

Astrophotographer Deepanshu Arora took this image during Perseids Meteor shower week on August 18, 2015 at Cannon Beach in Oregon. Arora had just bought a wide lens camera and wanted to capture some shots of the night sky. He used a Samyang 14mm, f/2.8 for Canon EF mount.

"So I went to the coast in middle of the week to capture some pictures of the Milky Way. While I was there, I saw a few meteors falling down, so orchestrated this shot," Arora wrote in an email to [See more amazing photos of the 2015 Perseid meteor shower]

The annual Perseid meteor shower occurs in late July or early August each year. Humans have observed the celestial events for more than 2,000 years. The meteors are thought to be debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The debris slams into the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up on entry creating the meteor shower.

To an amateur astrophotographer like Arora, the perfect image is about composition, hard work and long hours gazing into space.

"[It] took me about 10-12 attempts before I got everything sharp in that picture," he wrote. "Shooting stars didn't actually happen in this particular shot but the one before it, I just blended that in here because it matched well with the rest of the composition." 

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Nina Sen

Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for She began writing and producing content for in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.