Photo feature: Meteor show

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

A meteor streaks through the southern sky above spruce trees in Kenai at about 3 a.m. Saturday during a 15-minute time exposure.

The earth's rotation causes stars to leave an elliptical path on film. The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks Monday and Tuesday but night owls will see increased activity for several day before and after if the weather clears again.

The meteors occur when the earth moves through a cloud of dust left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. Most of the dust is about the size of a grain of sand but it burns brightly when it hits the atmosphere at about 132,000 miles per hour, according to NASA.

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