2020 Perseid meteor shower photos shine bright in a dark year
The Milky Way outshines tonight
The 2020 Perseid meteor shower peaked the evening of Aug. 11 into the morning of Aug. 12, but it will be active until Aug. 24 and continues to send astrophotographers out into the night to see what they can capture, often with remarkable results.
This lively shot was captured from Quebec. A lone Perseid plays sidekick to the vibrant Milky Way.
Empty and crowded at once
Canadian photographer Dave Bremner caught this moody image of at least three meteors, the Milky Way, a low-flying aircraft and a communications tower.
Perseid double trouble
This image is a composite of two photos by photographer Bill Dennis from a time lapse sequence above Bedforshire, UK that caught a bright Perseid.
Windmills and star trails
Steve Brown grabbed this magnificent time-lapse of star trails during the Perseid meteor shower.
Photographer Harry Taylor created this composite of several Perseid meteor images from north Cave Creek, AZ.
Streaks over Sussex
UK photographer Tom Lee captured over 1,000 images in one night chasing a great Perseid pic. This turned out to be the best.
Perseids and Starlink, too
Peter Humphreys, a photographer based in Cambridge in the UK, grabbed this twilight image of a few meteors. If you look hard enough, you may also be able to spot a few SpaceX Starlink satellite trails, a new feature in many Perseid photos this year.
Eliot Herman snagged this shot of a pre-dawn Perseid dashing behind the foothills near Tucson, Arizona.
Flaming out fantastically
Virginia-based photographer Jason Betzner was lucky enough to capture what looks like a bright Perseid fireball on the shower's peak night.
A view of it all from Latvia
This image from Latvia features a few Perseids, the Milky Way, Jupiter and Saturn all in the frame.
Hot above and below
This Perseid fireball was seen over a lake in Ontario around dusk.
"It was hot and muggy even after the sun went down, with lots of haze on the horizon but this Perseid was so bright it didn't matter," photographer Malcolm Park said.
So many stars, man...
Meteor shower season brings famous time-lapse shots of star trails crossed by streaking meteors. This one from Michigan is about as trippy as they come, captured over a two-hour period above Lake Huron.
"Mars is in the lower right with reflection on Lake Huron," explains photographer Samer Hariri.
"A red moon is rising on the horizon of the lake. There is a smeared Milky Way, Capella rising as well with its reflection in the lake, cars driving south and the lights from cities on the Canadian side of things."