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The Perseids: Aug. 9-14, 2008
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  Summary: The 2008 Perseid meteor shower peaked on August 13th with a maximum rate of 130+ meteors per hour. [meteor counts] [full story] [sky map]
  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Pierre Martin,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 12, 2008
#1, #2, #3

I was able to enjoy the 2008 Perseids under pristine magnitude 6.7 dark skies, with clear horizons. What a fabulous display, with good numbers of bright meteors, and lots of faint ones too. I had my two DSLR taking guided 2 minute exposures for a few hours until dawn. All photos where meteors were found were then digitally combined to produce these three images.

Photo details: Canon 30D with 20mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 640, and Canon Digital Rebel with 35mm f/2.0 lens at ISO 800).

Vlad Dumitrescu,
Pauleasca Romania
Aug. 13, 2008
#1, #2

On August 12th, an exploding Perseid fireball (mag. -5) left this smoky trail of debris over Pauleasca, Romania. "I missed the fireball itself, but photographed the debris twisting in the wind," says photographer Vlad Dumitrescu. "Later, the trail made a loop and encircled the Pleiades. Here is the entire sequence."

Hanif Shoaei,
Poloor, Iran
Aug. 13, 2008

Damavand Mount(The highest peak of iran) & the mountaineers Head lights trail , Star Trail & a meteor

Photo details: Canon 40D, 90 min exposure

Robert Hoetink,
Enschede The Netherlands
Aug. 13, 2008
#1, #2, more

Tuesday morning was too cloudy in the Netherlands. Wednesday morning was better. Not every minute a perseid but enough to stay awake. On the second photo a plane is passing.

Photo details: Nikon D200, 1600 ASA, 20 second exposure, focus 2,8, 17 mm.

Richard Keen,
Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado, elevations 8950 feet
Aug. 12, 2008
#1, #2, #3

I took 100 photos between 2:30 and 5 am local time, and found meteors on at least six of them. One of the two photos here is the brightest one I caught as dawn was beginning to brighten the sky. The other is a more typical perseid passing by Delphinus. Note how the color changes from green to reddish as the meteor slows - and cools - during its passage through the atmosphere. Both images are cropped from much larger image taken with a 19 mm wide angle lens. The third image is one I sent several days ago of an early Perseid around midnight on August 3, taken while I was testing the new camera and lens for the upcoming shower.

Amir Hossein Abolfath,
Polur, Iran
Aug. 13, 2008
#1, #2, #3, #4

It was wonderful this year. The number of bright meteors was more.

more images (Aug. 12-13): from Chia Peng Han of Macpherson, Singapore; from Ali Al-Abandi of Qatif, Saudi Arabia; from Babak Tafreshi of Alborz Mountains, Iran; from Catalin Timosca of Turda, Romania; from Geir Øye of Ørsta, Norway; from Nejc Ucman of Veliki Orehek, Novo Mesto, Slovenia; from Brian A. Morganti of Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA; from Siamak Sabet of SOHREIN-ZANJAN-IRAN