Yesterday evening (on the night of August 12/13), the Perseid meteor shower reached its peak, making a real show for the planet Earth. Passing through the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, our atmosphere became a haven for dusty debris, which formed some impressive meteorites and even fireballs. The following are a few international views on this spectacular annual event.
In the run-up to yesterday's peak, in the sky over Joshua Tree National Park near Los Angeles, California, a photographer and Discovery News reader Sean Parker managed to capture several meteors with a 60-minute shooting interval. In total, he managed to make about 180 shots. Looking north, it was possible to notice that the star paths formed a circle, sometimes cutting through a meteorite.
Unlike the sky above the Joshua Tree, everything in California was not so peaceful. In this photo, Stuart Pelli managed to capture a long exposure in the city of Clearlake, which is located north of San Francisco. Here you can see the real dramatic flashes of the Perseid meteorite over the sky of Jerusalem fire. These flashes burned over tens of thousands of acres in the counties of Lake and Napa. At this moment, California is experiencing a historic drought, which creates ideal favorable conditions for forest fires throughout the state.
Photographer Robert Rai managed to shoot the falling Perseid in the direction of the Milky Way over New Jersey.
John Entwistle (with nickname @ jme1169) also managed to notice impressive flashes in New Jersey. He was in Jersey Shore and saw Perseid striving for the Milky Way.
In anticipation of the Perseid meteor, this Bulgarian astronomer decided to use the red color so that his eyes would not lose their sensitivity at night.
The fascinating Perseid meteor bursts out of the city glow over Workington, Cumbria in the UK. He was able to photograph a Twitter user with the nickname @mckeatingphoto.
The clear sky in Bulgaria is automated not only for viewing Perseid, but is also an object of artificial origin. This band represents neither a meteor nor an airplane. This bright passage was created by the International Space Station in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Twitter user @ SBUX75DEVILDOG was able to photograph the fall of Perseid on the Bristol sky in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, in Germany, a meteoric strip was captured above the Pilsum lighthouse in the same city. The group of stars stretching over its top is the Milky Way.
Also in the clear sky over Pilsum in Germany, a meteor flew over windmills, not far from Pilsumski lighthouse.
A bright fireball lit up on Pilsum in the sky of Germany. Fireballs are larger meteors with which you can easily look at the process of an explosion (when they quickly pass through the atmosphere). Sometimes, depending on their speed and size, on Earth you can hear a loud “bang” after the explosion.
Although the sky was hidden by clouds over southern England, West Sussex was able to see a meteor.
Weak flashes were visible in Oakdale, California. You can see light pollution in the nearby city.
Meteor blast over archaeological excavations near Novi Travnik in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Meteorites above farm mills near Bogdantsi, south of Skopje in the Republic of Macedonia.