15 August 2011

Perseid From Above ~ NASA's Garan Snapshot!

The DailyMail spots this amazing snapshot by NASA astronaut Ron Garan from the ISS looking down on a Perseid meteor hitting Earth!
"The astronaut posted his snap to Twitter with the message: 'What a "Shooting Star" looks like #FromSpace Taken yesterday during Perseids Meteor Shower...' [...] They are named Perseid because they point where they come from -- the constellation Perseus. The annual Perseid meteor shower, which arrives every August, has been observed by skywatchers for at least 2,000 years, according to Nasa. This year's stunning light show began with sightings on Friday night, kickstarting one of the highlights of the celestial year for amateur astronomers. Under ideal conditions up to 100 of the shooting stars an hour would have been visible when the shower peaked."

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