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Favorite photos from 2020’s Perseid meteor shower

Have you caught any Perseid meteors? If so, share your photos with us! If your skies have been cloudy, enjoy these great meteor photos from EarthSky friends around the world.

Photos from 2019’s Perseid meteor shower

It’s a very special group of images of this year’s Perseid meteor shower, many taken in bright moonlight. Thanks to all who contributed photos!

Favorite Perseid meteor shower photos

2018 was an exceptional year for August’s tried and true Perseid meteor shower.

See it! 2017’s Perseid meteor shower

Despite a bright moon, the brightest Perseids put on a good show. See photos from the EarthSky community here.

Perseid meteor shower kicks off! Fireballs detected this weekend

Earth has just entered the stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Perseids. Now is the time to start watching for meteors.

Best photos 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Many images of the 2013 Perseid meteor shower, posted as meteor season 2014 begins!

EarthSky 22: Catch the Perseid meteor shower

When is the best time to see meteors this month? Plus more science stories and great music from our hometown of Austin, Texas.

2021’s Quadrantid meteors: All you need to know

In a dark sky, you might see 25 meteors per hour at the Quadrantid’s peak, or more. Here’s how to watch.

Amazing photo of a meteor streaking right in front of Venus

EarthSky’s 2021 meteor shower guide

All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2021.

Ursid meteors peak around the solstice

This annual shower always peaks around the December solstice. The dark hours before dawn are best.

Is it possible to hear meteors?

Can you hear a meteor as it streaks overhead? Some people have reported hearing meteors with a sizzling sound like bacon frying. Scientists now say you can, and explain how it happens.

Visualize the Perseid meteor stream in space

This visualization by Ian Webster and Peter Jenniskens uses NASA data to render known Perseid meteoroids in space. Don’t miss this!

Perseid meteors 2020: All you need to know

In 2020, the peak mornings for the Perseid meteor shower – August 11, 12 and 13 – will feature meteors under moonlight. Still, the Perseids are bright. We expect a good number to overcome the moonlight. Here’s how to optimize your chances.

Peak Perseid mornings: August 11, 12, 13

When is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in 2020? The greatest number of meteors is most likely to fall in the predawn hours on August 12, yet under the light of a wide waning crescent moon.

Top tips for watching the Perseids in 2020

On the expected peak mornings of 2020’s Perseid meteor shower – August 11, 12 and 13 – a waning moon will be shining, too. Here’s how to minimize the moon and optimize the Perseids.

Venus adorns the eastern morning sky in August 2020.

In 2020, Venus and Perseid meteors!

In 2020, the peak of the Perseid meteor shower nearly coincides with Venus’ greatest elongation, or greatest apparent distance from the sun in our sky. Both will fall around the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.

It’s time to watch a meteor shower

Every year at this time, people around the world begin to experience a grand display of meteors. Bookmark this post! We’ll be posting new meteor photos from our community of meteor-watchers in 2020 here.

Go someplace dark and watch for meteors!

The Delta Aquariids are peaking. And the 2020 Perseid meteor shower gets rolling around now, too. Most importantly, find a dark sky!

10 great places to see meteor showers in the US

Looking for an awesome place to watch meteor showers in the U.S.? AccuWeather – and the editors of EarthSky – recommend these 10 places.

Comet Halley’s 2 meteor showers

The famous comet Halley spawns the May Eta Aquariids and the October Orionids . Plus the parent bodies of other meteor showers … and Isaac Newton’s Vis-viva equation, his poetic rendition of instantaneous motion.

Quadrantid meteors on night of January 3-4

The expected peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower in 2020 comes late evening January 3 until dawn January 4, with the predawn hours on January 4 being your best bet.

Perseids over Denmark

Perseid meteor shower 2019 over Scandinavia’s 1st dark sky park, the island of Møn in Denmark.

Moon passes by the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn … Perseid meteors?

The Perseid meteor shower is rising to its peak, so there’s bound to be some fist-shaking this weekend at that bright moon. But the moon can also guide you to Jupiter and Saturn on August 9, 10 and 11, 2019.

Bright meteor next to a bright moon, caught with an automatic camera.

Top 10 tips for watching 2019’s Perseid meteors

The 2019 Perseid meteor shower will likely peak August 12-13, unfortunately under the light of a bright moon. But the shower is already rising to its peak. Tips here for getting the most from this year’s Perseid shower.

Delta Aquariid meteors peak around now

This meteor shower doesn’t have a definite peak, but is spread out over many weeks. With little to no moonlight before dawn now, late July and early August are a good time to watch.

Fireworks over Shanghai, China, with artificial meteors in the sky.

A plan to create artificial meteors

Everyone loves a good meteor shower, but what about an artificial one? A Japanese company plans to create one and has just launched hundreds of pellets to space. They’ll ultimately rain down again in colorful displays.

Ursid meteors to peak in moonlight

The Ursid meteor shower is active each year around the December solstice. In 2018, peak morning is probably December 22, but the moon will be full then. If you’re out before sunup, watch for Ursids this week!

Moonless nights ahead for the Perseids

It’ll be a great year for the annual Perseid meteor shower. Don’t miss this preview by Guy Ottewell, which has the best charts you’ll find anywhere online.

Meteor in moonlight

Jarred Donkersley captured this meteor on August 5 around midnight, from Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, with a nearly full moon in the sky.

Meteor over Hidden Lake, Montana

The road into the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana is called Going-to-the-Sun Road. Here’s a night sky photo over the park’s Hidden Lake.

See it! Perseid meteor photos and videos

The Perseids are declining now, but 2016 brought a great meteor shower for many around the globe. See photos and videos here.

How high up do meteors start glowing?

Meteors begin to glow almost as soon as they hit Earth’s atmosphere, but tend to vaporize (burn up completely) at varying altitudes.

Meteors, moon and planets on August 12

The moon’s passage near these planets got lost a bit in the excitement over the Perseid meteor shower. But you can still see them!

Learn to shoot photos of meteors

Want to try to capture a meteor on film? The first step is planning. The next step is to gather your equipment. Then on to the capture process itself.

Great Perseid photos here

Have you seen Perseid meteors in your sky? If you have had cloudy skies – or even if not – enjoy these images from all around the world.

Meteor season ahead!

Mount Rainier, the Milky Way and a Perseid meteor! Plus a look forward to April’s Lyrid meteor shower.

See any Perseids?

Bright supermoon washed out all but the brightest meteors in this year’s Perseid meteor shower. But we do have some nice pics, thanks to you …

Perseid meteors versus the supermoon

Which is brighter – Perseid fireballs or a supermoon? You’ll find out as the year’s biggest, brightest full moon arrives as Perseid meteor shower starts to peak.

Meteor meets Magellanic Clouds

Here’s a cool shot of a meteor that happened to pass between the two Magellanic Clouds, our MIlky Way galaxy’s satellites.

Video: Perseid meteor explodes and leaves a vapor trail

A meteor during the recent Perseid meteor shower that exploded and then behind a vapor trail, captured on video by Michael Chung.

Gases left by Perseid meteors a boon to these astronomers

Enjoy this year’s Perseid meteor shower which peaks on the night of August 11-12; astronomers say they will, too!


Midnight meteor over Boston

EarthSky Facebook friend Ed Grzyb captured this Perseid meteor flying high over Boston shortly before midnight on August 7, 2013.


Perseid meteor flying over Texas

EarthSky Facebook friend Gary Snow captured a Perseid meteor early this morning – August 5, 2013.

Perseid fireballs are already arriving!

NASA says the annual Perseid meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other. Although the shower’s peak is still some days away, the fireballs are here!

Double luck: Perseid meteor and lightning

We’re beginning to get reports from people seeing meteors! Here’s a meteor – plus lightning – over Sun Valley, Idaho.

Will you still see meteors tonight, December 14, 2012? Yes!

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is past – but only barely. If you watch late tonight or in the wee hours tomorrow, you should still see some meteors.

Wishing on a shooting star

Grant Miller captured this self-portrait during 2016’s Perseid meteor shower. 2017’s shower has interference from the moon, but you still might see a bright meteor!


Meteors over Mount Rainier, from last August’s Perseid meteor shower.

Cosmic rain over isle of Lindisfarne

Composite image capturing a night under the cosmic rain – aka last year’s Perseid meteor shower – on Lindisfarne off the northeast coast of England.

Moon halo and Milky Way

Composite image of Milky Way and moon halo – with Venus and Saturn – captured in Mersing, Malaysia before peak of Perseid meteor shower earlier this week.