This morning was the peak of the 2016 Perseid meteor shower. A friend who watched from out of town observed 164 meteors between 2:30 and 3:30 am. That was the same time window in which I took these photos, but from by backyard. Some sky glow, hazy conditions, and a field of view limited by my house and trees reduced my count to around 20, however, I did capture five meteors with my camera, four of which are worth showing:
Composite of 4 photos, each at 30-second exposure
The following are cropped close-ups of each:
The Perseids are known for their fireballs and green trails. The green is evident in each of these.
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