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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the 3 major meteor showers, reached its peak on the night of August 12. Shooting stars belonging to the meteor shower appear radially around a point in the sky. That central point is called the “radiant point.” A meteor shower takes its name from the constellation where its radiant point is located. In this picture you can see that the meteors appear around a central point in the sky. That center is located in the constellation “Perseus.”

This picture is a composite of the starry sky photographed from inside Okayama Astrophysical Observatory at 1:10 am on August 13, 2016 and bright shooting stars of the Perseid Meteor shower which appeared between 10:53 pm August 12 and 3:27 am August 13. The 91-cm Reflector Telescope is visible in the lower left and the 188-cm Reflector Telescope dome is visible in the lower center.

Text by: Hiroyuki Toda (Okayama Astrophysical Observatory)
Translation by: Ramsey Lundock (NAOJ)

Image Data

ObjectPerseid Meteor Shower
CameraCanon EOS 8000D
ExposureStarry sky, composite of 6 frames taken with 5 second exposure each; Meteors, 5 second exposures
DateAugust 12-13, 2016 (meteors), August 13, 2016 (starry sky)
PhotographerHiroyuki Toda
CreditNational Astronomical Observatory of Japan


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