Marvel at the latest alpha capricornids meteor shower

Lighting up the sky, these showers offer stargazers a beautiful sight

Fireballs and blazing meteor showers are a rare sight. But this month, on 4th August, we got to witness an alpha capricornids meteor shower in the night skies and we have collected some images taken around the world of this striking phenomenon.

Meteor showers usually happen when the debris of comets and asteroids fly by the earth which lights up the sky. Upon entering the atmosphere of our planet, they burn up at the height of around 100 km and appear as flaming fireballs or shooting stars. The alpha capricornids were discovered by Hungarian astronomer Miklos von Konkoly Thege and these showers usually occur between the months of July and August. These meteors date back to approximately 5000 years ago, which eventually formed a cloud of dust around Earth’s orbit.

Take a look below.

Above a grassy pathway, an alpha capricornid meteor shower can be seen just a bit right from the center
Milky Way and the meteor above a grassy pathway
Credits: https://www.instagram.com/alienmindtrick/
Mount Rainier serving as the perfect backdrop for the meteor shower that can be seen along with the Milky Way
The Sunday night meteor shower was also captured at the Mount Rainier National Park
Credits: https://www.instagram.com/one.seventy.seven/
A beautiful night sky with meteor in the valley of Kashmir, Pakistan
A beautiful night sky in Kashmir, Pakistan
Credits: https://www.instagram.com/theduffer/
Northern lights at Acadia National Park beautifully complement this image of the alpha capricornids meteor shower
Northern lights at Acadia National Park beautifully complement this image of the alpha capricornids meteor shower
Credits: https://www.instagram.com/nathaniel_child/
A night sky over a backyard shows a clear meteor shower
A well lit night sky
Credits: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0m9TfPlgQ-/

Want some more astrophotographs? Take a look at Steve, a rare phenomenon that has perplexed astronomers for decades.

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