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The Perseids: August 2010
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Summary: On Thursday, August 12th, an alignment of planets in the sunset sky kicked off the finest meteor shower of 2010, the Perseids. [full story] [meteor counts] [live meteor radar]

  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Tamas Ladanyi,
Taliandorogd (Hungary)
Aug. 8, 2010
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Bright Perseid can be seen over the ruins of St. Andrew church. I used three frames in order to align this panorama image. Nice filed with Jupiter, M31 and Milky Way. Canon 500D, Sigma 2,8/10 objective at iso 3200, 45 sec

University of Western Ontario Meteor Network, near Lake Erie
Aug. 8, 2010

This image shows the same meteor recorded by six different cameras at widely-spaced locations. Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center explains:

"The University of Western Ontario operates a network of 8 all-sky cameras, which are identical in design to those deployed by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office, and also makes use of the same software to detect meteors," says Cooke. "This particular event, which occurred at approximately 9:59 PM Eastern on August 8th, was seen by 6 of the stations and is a confirmed Perseid. It was first detected at an altitude of 75 miles over Lake Erie (near the city of Erie, in fact), and moved southwest towards the state of Ohio at 130,000 mph. Note the radical change in appearance and direction from station to station."

Ed Sweeney,
Santa Cruz Mountains, California USA
Aug. 10, 2010
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Got up early today and saw a bunch of meteors in just a few minutes so I set up the camera. Lots of high ISO noise and light pollution, Pentax K7 16mm f2.8 20 sec ISO 1600

Patrick Bornet ,
Saint Martin sur Nohain, Nièvre, France
Aug. 8, 2010
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2 Perseids Photo details: Canon 350D with fish-eye 8mm, 800ASA, 240s and 180s.

Pete Glastonbury,
Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Aug. 9, 2010
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the Perseids started to show around 1am in a misty Wiltshire. I counted 28 over the whole sky from 1am to 4am. One was extremely bright and easily visible through the light pollution from the nearby town. Pentax ist dl. 18mm lens. ISO 1600. 30 second exposures on f3.5

more images: from Martin McKenna of Maghera, Co. Derry, N. Ireland; from Marco Busi of Isola d'Elba - Italy; from Francisco Jose Sevilla Lobato of La Parrila, Valladolid, Spain; from Monika Landy-Gyebnar of Veszprem, Hungary