Astronaud Ron Garan generously shared his photos of the Perseid meteor shower this weekend -- taken from outer space.
Garan is aboard the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 27 crew, which launched in April.
"What a 'Shooting Star' looks like #FromSpace," Garan said in his tweet of the photograph. At the time of the photograph, the space station was orbiting over China, a few hundred miles northwest of Beijing.
Every year in mid-August, the Earth passes through the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Although the comet is nowhere near the Earth, it leaves behind debris in the form of a meteor shower that lights up the night sky.
The outer space view of a shooting star may look somewhat familiar, but the views are distinct in that the meteor is moving away from Garan, where it appears to be coming towards us on earth.
Although this year's Persied meteor shower viewing was obstucted some by the light of a full moon, the light conditions in outer space are the perfect backdrop to view a single shooting star. On the other hand, watching a meteor streak past a cluster of stars is undoubtedly breathtaking.