Despite a bright full moon, sky-watchers around the world didn't get disappointed as they caught striking views of the Perseid meteor shower overnight Friday (Aug. 12).
The Perseid meteor shower is considered as the most stunning meteor shower of the year. But this year's "shooting star" display peak was threatened to get outshined by the August full moon. Fortunately, that didn't happen, and sky-watchers had their time, despite the moon's interference.
According to NASA, sky-watchers have been observing the Perseid meteor shower for at least 2,000 years. While orbiting around the sun, Earth passes through various streams of interplanetary remains called meteoroids. In most cases, these meteoroids are originated from comets.
Whenever a comet gets closer to the sun, it gets warmed and emits gas and dust. The gas forms a tail with the dust left behind. When Earth passes through these particles, the dust enters the Earth's atmosphere at high speed, emitting bright streak as a result of being heated. These rapid bright streaks are called meteors. The Perseid is derived from meteor showers' origin point in the night sky - the constellation Perseus.
NASA provided an online live camera view where meteors lined across the frame of an all-sky camera at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Check out some of the spectacular photos of the Perseid meteor shower occurred this week.