August 13 2019 - 01:35

Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The peak night of the Perseids meteor shower in Yosemite National Park, California. The iconic Half Dome and El Capitan sit under the rising Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters) and the pale patch of California Nebula (top left). This beautiful annual show peaks on the nights of August 12-13, with more meteors after midnight. This year the nearly full moon will hide some of the meteors, but the brighter fireballs still will turn on your sleepy eyes! The moon sets near 4 a.m., and depending on your position, in the one hour of dark sky before dawn, you may see one or two meteors appear each minute (far from light pollution). Perseids don’t necessarily appear near the shower radiant in the Perseus constellation; they can be anywhere in the sky. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more of astronomy and space photography.