Moonlit Meteor Shower

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Middle East

Site: Alborz Mountains - Iran

Date: August 2009

Time-lapse video: Active meteor showers such as Perseid can still entertained skygazers even when the Moon has brightened the night. As shown in this video the last quarter Moon rises above rock formations in the Alborz Mountains near Firouzkooh, Iran. With a dramatic desert landscape in the foreground, several Perseid meteors streak through the moonlit sky between the overexposed Moon and bright planet Jupiter at the upper right. To see the brightest of the meteors in a still image click here.
A regular celestial event in the northern hemisphere, the Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by planet Earth's yearly passage through the dust stream cast off by comet Swift-Tuttle. Babak Tafreshi/

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