This weekend, the Perseid 2022 meteor shower reached its peak. Moreover, in most of the territory, the sky was covered with clouds, so not everyone could have the opportunity to see this phenomenon. Fortunately, astrophotographers from all over the world recorded stunning views of the Perseid meteor shower on August 12-13, and shared photos online so that everyone could look at this fascinating phenomenon. We have compiled a selection of the best images of the meteor shower.
The Perseids are usually one of the best meteor “shows” of the year. But their peak in 2022 came only a day after the August full moon on August 11. While in Ukraine, observations were hindered by rains with clouds, in regions with clear skies, this was prevented by a clear Moon. And a dark sky is vital for observing meteors, because even bright moonlight can outshine most shooting stars.
Photographer Wu Zhengjie for the VCG photo service managed to capture stunning views of the Perseids in the Mongolian-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Haixi, Qinghai Province in China. The images show the brilliant Perseid meteors over a striking landscape. Other photographers Veysel Altun and Ercin Ertuk from the Anadalou agency managed to capture the Perseid meteor streak over a camping site in Samsun and Ankara, Turkey.
More astrophotographers managed to capture the Perseids with their cameras, constantly watching the sky to capture the bright streams. Here’s a look at some of our favorites noticed on Twitter.
Good field of view albeit less detail.
2 Cameras planned tonight, wide & not so ????
EM-1 mk3, 8mm pro
F1.8, ISO320, 15s x 5hrs live composite mode
— mark humpage (@mark_humpage) August 12, 2022
Mag -4.8 #Perseid #fireball I saw last night from #Oxfordshire It was detected on our NW #meteorcamera The ionization trail was awesome (I’ll share next!) Canon 1100D + 18-55mm lens 8sec ISO-800 f/3.5 #PerseidMeteorShower #Meteors #Perseids2022 pic.twitter.com/lv2cbkcDsM
— Mary McIntyre FRAS (she/her) (@Spicey_Spiney) August 13, 2022
— Mary McIntyre FRAS (she/her) (@Spicey_Spiney) August 12, 2022
This pebble came an awful long way before giving me a neat little show last week. Luckily, there were lots of meteors during the #perseid build up, because during the peak tonight it will be tough to see all but the brightest with the full moon in the sky @BBCStargazing pic.twitter.com/n2iFVBi0p0
— Paul M Smith (@PaulMSmithPhoto) August 12, 2022
#Perseid peak night. It’s something, I guess. The full Moon made this bright, and we were lucky to get any clear skies being under a cutoff low in any case. Fireballs avoided most of my cameras, but I got them with the 8 mm fisheye. Two -4 mag, one -3 mag Perseids. @ThePhotoHour pic.twitter.com/rbU45Npm5Q
— Jure Atanackov (@JAtanackov) August 13, 2022
Annual Perseid Show
The Perseid meteor shower occurs annually in mid-August, when the Earth passes through the dust trail of comet Swift-Tuttle. When these remnants of a comet crash into the Earth’s atmosphere, they give birth to bright traces in the form of fiery streaks in the sky. To an observer, they look as if they are radiating from the constellation Perseus, hence their name.
The next big meteor shower of 2022 will be the Orionids meteor shower in October. The peak of this shower will be on October 20-21, but the period of its activity will last from September 26 to November 22. It is caused by the remnants of Halley’s comet as the Earth passes through the remnants of its wake.
Recall that earlier a record meteor was caught on video.
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