The Lyrid Meteor Shower, observed for more than 2,000 years when the planet makes its annual passage through the dust stream of long-period Comet Thatcher. A grain of that comet's dust is swept up in this image from the early hours of April 21, 2015, the meteor's brilliant streak crosses the central region of the Milky Way. Its trail points back toward the constellation Lyra. The yellowish hue of giant star Antares shines to the above of the Milky Way's bulge. At the top is bright planet…

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Aug. 13 2015 Moonless Meteors and the Milky Way Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek Explanation: Have you watched the Perseid meteor shower? Though the annual shower's predicted peak was last night, meteor activity should continue tonight (August 13/14), best enjoyed by just looking up in clear, dark skies after midnight. Of course, this year's Perseid shower has the advantage of being active near the August 14 New Moon. Since the nearly New Moon doesn't rise before the morning twilight…

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The most beautiful space and celestial pictures of 2016: In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower as seen from Spruce Knob, West Virginia, U.S. on Aug. 12.

i SO want to see a meteor shower! i am always alseep, or have no idea until afterwards when they happen! i think it would be absolutely amazing to watch a meteor shower :)

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A meteor streaks across the sky above Arches National Park in Utah during the annual Perseid meteor shower. Photograph: Thomas O'Brien

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New research from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office identifies the Perseids as the fireball champion of annual meteor showers. This year's Perseid display peaks on August 12th and 13th.

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