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Perseid meteor shower

Erika Rix sketches the Perseid meteor shower using gnomonic projection to show the cosmic streaks as straight lines.
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This time of year, the Perseid meteor shower delights skygazers with peak views in mid-August. One of the finest showers of the year, it occurs when Earth passes through a debris trail left by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Tiny fragments from the comet fall into our atmosphere and light up the sky with fiery streaks of light, displaying a brilliant celestial scene for sketching.

The shower should generate close to 100 meteors per hour during its peak, which occurs this year on August 12. As a bonus, the Moon will set shortly after 1 a.m. that morning, treating us to dark skies until daybreak for optimal viewing.

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