Monday, August 12, 2013

Did You See The Perseid Meteor Shower Last Night?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Probably not, if you were like us fast asleep, dreaming of a BART contract. But we're so thankful for those night owls who stargaze on our behalf then post photos on the Internet for the lazier population to enjoy.

In case you didn't know, Perseid meteors are particles from the debris trail on the comet Swift-Tuttle that hit the Earth's atmosphere moving 132,000 miles per hour. The shower, nicknamed "Fireball Champion," reportedly produces more meteors than any other annual shower and is typically bright enough at its peak to be seen in areas that aren't plagued by fog (sorry San Francisco).

Here's one we found shot over Joshua Tree, where the temperature was reportedly an unusually comfortable at 72 degrees. Check it:

click to enlarge FLICKR/NATE2B

We also really enjoyed this one over in Wyoming which lends itself to these sort of nature shows.The photog, David Kingham, says he shot the sky from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., changing his battery every two hours.

click to enlarge FLICKR/DAVIDKINGHAM
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And then there was this shot taken over Bexleyheath in the United Kingdom. It's not as clear, but still pretty fun:

click to enlarge FLICKR/DAN MUMFORD

Mondays never look this lovely.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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