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Perseid meteor shower of 2021 thrills skywatchers

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The 2021 Perseids viewed from roughly 30 miles (50 km) outside of Las Vegas. (Image credit: Tyler Leavitt)
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The 2021 Perseids viewed from roughly 30 miles (50 km) outside of Las Vegas. (Image credit: Tyler Leavitt)
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The 2021 Perseids viewed from roughly 30 miles (50 km) outside of Las Vegas. (Image credit: Tyler Leavitt)
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The 2021 Perseids viewed from roughly 30 miles (50 km) outside of Las Vegas. (Image credit: Tyler Leavitt)

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In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

(Image credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA)

If you take a cool photo of the 2021 Perseid meteor shower let us know! You can send images and comments to spacephotos@space.com.

The expected peak of the 2021 Perseid meteor shower overnight on Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 11-12) thrilled amateur astronomers as Earth passed through the debris tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Images, videos and excited comments populated social media platforms as people watched the “shooting star” show, underneath a small crescent moon. You can still catch a good show late Thursday night (Aug. 12) and before dawn on Friday (Aug. 13) — but act quickly!





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