Whilst Earth-bound observers of the annual Perseids meteor shower had to contend with a full moon this year, others had a more privileged view. Like Nasa astronaut Ron Garan, orbiting on the International Space Station, who captured this stunning image of a fragment of the Swift-Tuttle comet burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere. [Image credit: NASA Image ISS028-E-24847]. Science at Nasa explains in this short video.
And you can stay “Up all night” watching the skies, again, courtesy of the camera at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Centre. Here’s the first hour’s worth of observations.