David Gifford Photography

The Perseids

I stayed up late Monday night into Tuesday morning to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower – also known as the Tears of St Lawrence. Fortunately there was a relatively clear sky and I was able to see a meteor approximately every two or three minutes. However, at least one of the streaks in the photo above is likely a satellite: Perseid meteors appears to radiate from a single point in the sky, namely in the Perseus constellation. If you trace backwards the route of a Perseid meteor you should end up at the Perseus constellation.

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