In Case You Missed It: Perseid Meteor Show Pictures [PHOTOS]

on August 13 2011 11:06 PM

August's Perseid meteor shower has historically been providing the best opportunity for enthusiasts to catch meteor shows. 

The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years. Each year in August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris. These bits of ice and dust -- most over 1,000 years old -- burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

This year, there was a full-moon at the same time, making it hard for some star-gazers to see the faint meteor traces in the night sky. Enjoy these photos and some from Perseid season of past years.

 

 

Perseids Meteor Shower 2011

Perseids Meteor Shower 2011 Reuters

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A man with binoculars observes the moon during the Perseid meteor shower in the night sky over over El Torcal Reuters

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over the village of Kuklici Reuters

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An ibex is silhouetted during sunrise after the Perseid meteor shower in the night sky over El Torcal nature park Reuters

1.Why it’s called Perseid?

It’s called Perseid because the meteor shower appears to originate from constellation “Perseus”. A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over over El Torcal nature park reserve in Antequera Reuters

2. From Perseid Meteoroids to Perseid Meteors to Perseid Meteorite

They are called Perseid meteoroids while they are in space; Perseid meteors when they enter the space and Perseid meteorites if any of these millions of specks hit the grounds as it hits the Earth. A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over over El Torcal nature park reserve in Antequera Reuters

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over over El Torcal nature park reserve in Antequera Reuters