August 15, 2011

Astronaut Snaps Photo Of Flaming Perseid From The ISS

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a sky watching ritual with star gazers and photographers out in abundance every year for the light show. There have been uncountable photographs of this event over the years, but a fresh take on this is now available.

NASA astronaut Ron Garan found himself in a unique position for this annual show, above the meteor and looking down from the International Space Station (ISS) as the space rocks turned to flame and fell through the atmosphere.

Garan makes good use of his camera to help us earthbound folk share in some of his special experiences by taking this stunning photograph of meteor bursting into the earth's atmosphere, The Daily Mail reports.

The astronaut posted his snap to Twitter with the message: "What a 'Shooting Star' looks like #FromSpace Taken yesterday during Perseids Meteor Shower."

The key difference in this image, which isn't immediately obvious from looking at it, is that the Perseid meteor is moving away from Garan, rather than towards him, as would be the case if the image was captured on the ground.

The annual Perseid meteor shower arrives every August and has been observed by sky watchers for at least 2,000 years, according to NASA. This year's light show began with sightings on Friday night. Under ideal conditions up to 100 of the shooting stars an hour would have been visible when the shower peaked.


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