PERSEIDS PICTURES: Meteor Shower Streaks Across the Sky

  PERSEIDS PICTURES: Dazzling Meteor Shower Tonight
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The white sliver of a Perseid meteor cuts across Orion's Belt at the peak of the August 1997 meteor shower as seen from Joshua Tree National Park, California.

After the August 2009 Perseids, the next big meteor event will be the Geminids, which begin in early December and peak close to the middle of that month. With typical peak rates of about a hundred shooting stars an hour, the Geminids always spectacular, experts say.

"They're the best shower of the year--but you've got to brave cold winter nights," said NASA meteorite expert Bill Cooke.
—Photograph by Wally Pacholka, AP
 
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