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The 2005 Perseid Meteor Shower

Thursday, July 28, 2005

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A Perseid sky map. The red dot denotes the shower's radiant, a point in the eastern sky from which meteors appear to stream. Image credit: Science@NASA

The Perseids come every year, beginning in late July and stretching into August. Sky watchers outdoors at the right time can see colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and, almost always, long hours of gracefully streaking meteors. Among the many nights of the shower, there is always one night that is best. This year: August 12th.

More: Science@NASA - Mars joins the Perseid meteor shower for a beautiful display on August 12th