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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"

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",

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"

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",

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"

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"

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"

Geminid meteor. Kirkjufell, Iceland 2012-12-15. (Photo: David Clapp) This is a fantastic image and the photographer seems to have been so excited about the meteor shower, he didn't even mention the northern lights display. What riches! ©Mona Evans, "Meteor or Meteorite & Other Posers"

Geminids 2014. View from mid-southern latitudes at about 11:00 p.m. local time around December 13. The graphic doesn't represent the view at the time of maximum, it's just meant to help observers find the radiant location. The red line across the bottom of the image represents the horizon. Although the actual radiant is below the horizon, the stars just above the horizon are those of the constellation Perseus. (Image produced by Gary W. Kronkr using SkyChart III and Adobe Photoshop.)

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"

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