Celestial streakers

Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2005

 

  Photo by M. Scott Moon Photo by M. Scott Moon

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Photo by M. Scott Moon

A meteor cuts through the bowl of the Big Dipper high above the Kenai Mountains near Cooper Landing early Saturday morning as traffic on the Sterling Highway lights a path through the trees below. Meteor activity has been high the last few days as the earth moves through a dust cloud left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. The annual Perseids meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus, from which many of the fireballs radiate. For more information on the phenomenon, see the Sky Guy column, page C-3.



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