“Good catch, Ron!”

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.

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  • Into the west

    bought my first pair of 10×50 binoc’s , came thru on ebay.
    where I am there’s high buildings, so my window on the sky is small.
    nevertheless with stellarium for windows I can keep up.
    when you FF the time you get the “feel” of the earth’s rotation

  • Into the west

    what telescopes have slugger readers got?
    tonite there is moon/jupiter conjunction
    its a clear night here, and exciting to observe those two planets.