The 2022 Perseid meteor shower peaked this weekend, and while the bright full moon may have blotted out the best of this year’s “shooting stars,” that doesn’t mean the sky watchers have been left completely in the dark.
Stargazers around the world captured dazzling views of the Perseid meteor shower as it peaked overnight Friday and Saturday (August 12-13) and shared the photos to prove it. Some observers took to Twitter to share their meteor sightings, while other astrophotographers took some truly stunning photos for Getty Images.
“The Perseid fireball I saw last night from Oxfordshire,” said sky watcher Mary McIntyre from Oxfordshire in the UK. he wrote (opens in a new tab) on Twitter, adding that he captured the Perseid photos with a meteor camera. “The ionization track was amazing.”
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The Perseid meteor shower is usually one of the best meteor viewings of the year, but its peak in 2022 came just one day after the Sturgeon supermoon (August’s full moon) on August 11 Since dark skies are vital for spotting meteors, even bright ones. moonlight can obscure a stargazer’s perspective.
Photographer Wu Zhengjie for VCG Photo Service and Getty Images still managed to capture stunning views of the Perseids from Eboliang Yardang Relief in Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China’s Qinghai Province. The images show bright Perseid meteors over a stunning landscape.
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Another photographer, Veysel Altun of Anadalou Agency and Getty Images, managed to capture a streak of Perseids meteors over a campsite in Samsun, Turkey.
Photographer Ercin Ertuk, also of Anadalou Agency and Getty Images, captured a photo of a Perseid as it streaked across the sky above the trees in Ankara, Turkey.
Even more stargazers managed to capture views of the Perseids with their own cameras or with meteor cameras that constantly scan the sky to record fireballs. Here’s a look at some of our favorites found on Twitter.
This pebble came a long way before giving me a little show last week. Luckily there were plenty of meteors during the #Perseides buildup, because during tonight’s peak it will be hard to see all but the brightest with the full moon in the sky @BBCStargazing pic.twitter.com/n2iFVBi0p0August 12, 2022
Maximum night of the #Perseides. It’s something, I guess. The full Moon made it bright, and we were lucky to have clear skies under a low cut in any case. The fireballs avoided most of my cameras, but I got them with the 8mm fisheye. Two -4 mag, one -3 mag Perseids. @ThePhotoHour pic.twitter.com/rbU45Npm5QAugust 13, 2022
Mag -4.8 #Perseid #fireball I saw last night from #Oxfordshire Spotted on our NW #meteorcamera Ionization trail was amazing (will share below!) Canon 1100D + 18-lens 55mm 8sec ISO-800 f/3.5 #PerseidMeteorShower #Meteors #Perseids2022 pic.twitter.com/lv2cbkcDsMAugust 13, 2022
Another #Perseid #IonizationTrail this time at 23:54 BST on 11 August 2022. Taken from #Oxfordshire UK with Canon 1100D #PerseidMeteorShower #Meteors #Perseids2022 pic.twitter.com/m1ruM4kSTKAugust 12, 2022
Two #Perseid #Meteors on 2 different DSLRs, both just before 22:30 BST on 11 Aug 22. This is 2 of the 6 #Perseids I saw on camera yesterday #Perseids2022 #PerseidMeteorShower pic .twitter.com/L1CB0IM31vAugust 12, 2022
A wider focus last night #perseid #meteors with the second one 📷Good field of view although less details. 2 Cameras planned tonight, wide and not so 👌EM-1 mk3, 8mm pro F1.8, ISO320, 15s x 5h in composite mode live @VirtualAstro @OMSYSTEMcameras pic.twitter.com/4hiJh6iS6MAugust 12, 2022
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in mid-August, when Earth crosses the dusty trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. When these pieces of comets collide with Earth’s atmosphere, they can create bright streaks like streaks across the sky. They seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus, hence their name.
The next major meteor shower in 2022 will be the Orionids meteor shower in October. This rain will reach its peak on October 20 and 21, but its period of activity is from September 26 to November 22. It is caused by the debris of Halley’s Comet when the Earth passes this way.
Check out our guide to the best meteor showers of the year to prepare for your next stargazing experience.
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