Saturday, August 15, 2015

Perseid Fireballs Captured By NASA Cameras

Published on Aug 13, 2015
Perseid Fireballs Captured By NASA All-Sky Fireball Network

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked on Aug. 12 and 13, 2015, filling the sky with streaks of light caused by the meteoroids burning up in Earth's atmosphere. Big meteor showers like the Perseids, are caused when Earth travels through a region of space filled with debris shed by a comet. The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are the small fragments from comet Swift-Tuttle. These bits of ice and dust wander in space for centuries, finally burning up in the Earth's atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year. (NASA/MSFC/ MEO)

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