Photos: Astronaut Posts Perseid Meteor Shower Photos FROM Space [PHOTOS]
By Nadine DeNinno | Aug 15, 2011 09:10 AM EDT
While the 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower did not disappoint onlookers during its peak on Aug. 12, an astronaut from NASA's International Space Station (ISS) one-upped us Earth dwellers when he posted photos of the shooting stars FROM space.
NASA astronaut Ron Garan shared some amazing photos via his Twitter account taken through an ISS space station window showing a shooting star during the Perseid Meteor Shower moving away, rather than the forthcoming view we see from Earth.
The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs annually and is known as one of the best showers viewed all over the world. Earth travels through a cloud of debris from a nearby comet Swift-Tuttle yearly around Aug. 12. The debris enters Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 133,000 mph before burning up in the atmosphere, accounting for what we call shooting stars, according to Space.com.
NASA astronaut Ron Garan posted a photo via Twitter from the window of the International Space Station (ISS) depicting a shooting star from the 2011 Perseids Meteor Shower.Source: Ron Garan/NASA Date:08/15/2011
NASA astronaut Ron Garan posted a photo via Twitter from the window of the International Space Station (ISS) depicting lightning during the Perseids Meteor Shower.Source: Ron Garan/NASA Date:08/16/2011