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Perseid Meteor Shower - August 2007

The image above captures a member of the Perseid meteor shower as it flashes in the vicinity of the Pleiades star cluster. Also visible in the image is the Hyades star cluster, Mars (the bright "star" between the Hyades and Pleiades), and two airplane trails.

The image is the product of exposures collected over a 48 minute period starting at 2:20 AM MDT on August 12.  A one minute base exposure was overlaid with 30 second exposures of the meteor and the airplane trails.  The gaps in the airplane trails are due to the short amount of time between the 30 second exposures.