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Meteors Caught on Camera

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Perseids Already Lighting Up The Night

Here is a video of a bright Perseid seen by our all-sky camera located at PARI (NC) in the early morning hours of July 30. Several Perseids have already been detected and they are not set to peak for over a week! The nights of August 11-12 and 12-13 will be the best time to observe, but check out fireballs.ndc.nasa.gov regularly to see how many have already been detected by our all-sky cameras!

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A Brilliant Capricornid Meteor

In this video segment recorded on Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:17 a.m. EDT, a NASA meteor camera at the Marshall Space Flight Center, catches a flash of lightning that illuminates the sky to the southwest. Seconds later, a brilliant Capricornid meteor streaks through a clear patch of sky, traveling at 54,000 miles per hour. Far higher than the lightning, the meteor was first seen 53 miles above Toney, Ala., and moved north by northwest before burning up in a flash of light 47 miles above Taft, Tenn.

Credit: NASA/MSFC/MEO

Source: NASA/MArshall - Multimedia

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Celestial Fireworks

This video shows part of the fiery trail of a Capricornid meteor, captured by a high-resolution camera system at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Aug, 1 at 12:17 a.m. EDT. The brilliant Capricornid meteor was streaking through a clear patch of sky and traveling at 54,000 miles per hour. It was first seen 53 miles above Toney, Ala., and moved north by northwest before burning up in a flash of light 47 miles above Taft, Tenn.

Credit: NASA/MSFC/MEO

Source: NASA/MArshall - Multimedia

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NASA All Sky Fireball Network Cameras Catch Perseidss

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked on Aug. 12 and 13, 2013, filling the sky with streaks of light caused by the meteoroids burning up in Earth's atmosphere. Big meteor showers like the Perseids, are caused when Earth travels through a region of space filled with debris shed by a comet. The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are the small fragments from comet Swift-Tuttle. These bits of ice and dust wander in space for centuries, finally burning up in the Earth's atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year.

Credit: NASA/MSFC/ MEO

Source: NASA/MArshall - Multimedia

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