SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Tarantula Nebula, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Tarantula Nebula, More
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August 12, 2008—The Perseid meteor shower fills the predawn skies near Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Perseids offer one of the year's best opportunities to spot a shooting star. Under peak conditions, up to a hundred visible meteors an hour appear to originate from the constellation Perseus.

The shower returns each August because the Earth annually passes through a field of dust and debris left in its orbital path by a crumbling comet.

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