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Perseid radiant. The radiant is the area where the meteors in a shower seem to originate. People in the northern hemisphere get the best view of the Perseids because in the southern hemisphere the radiant is below the horizon. Southern hemisphere observers can still see a worthwhile number of meteors coming up from the horizon. Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.asp

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Perseids over Meteora in central Greece. 2013-08-07. [Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN)] Two bright meteors in the Perseid meteor shower, whose radiant is the constellation Perseus at the upper right. Meteora is a historic complex of monasteries. Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids", http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.asp

Perseids 2013. Beautiful timelapse from P-M Hedén in Sweden, showing 25 Perseid meteors, noctilucent clouds, a faint aurora, airglow, satellites passing over and lightning. “It was a magic night!,” P-M said. Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids", http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.asp

Perseid meteor and ISS, August 13, 2012. (Photo: Martin Popek) The immediately obvious thing is the star trails, but the horizontal line cutting across the trails is the International Space Station going overhead. There is a bright Perseid on the left hand side of the picture. The Perseid meteors are tiny fragments of the debris of comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. ©Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.

Perseid meteor shower 2012. (Photo: Thomas O'Brien) Taken from Mt Evans, Colorado overlooking Denver. The meteors are debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. ©Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.

Geminid meteors over Beijing, China. A stacked image of more than 20 meteors, taken in just 140 minutes. (Credit and copyright: Steed Yu) Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461

An eta Aquarid fireball meteor streaks through the pre-dawn sky in central Maine sky 2014-05-06. (Credit: Mike Taylor) The Milky Way is reflected in a pond. Beautiful shot. Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461

An early Perseid for 2013. Petr Horálek photographed this Perseid streaking along the backbone of the Milky Way over Úpice, Czech republic, on August 3rd. Mona Evans, "Meteor Shower - the Perseids" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27461.asp

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