How Astronauts Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

Microgravity means stunning views.

Hello, meteor. (Dado Ruvic / Reuters)

The Perseid meteor shower makes its annual appearance this week, and there’s plenty of stargazing guides available for how, where, and when to watch.

But some observers get a better look than most: the six people floating in space aboard the International Space Station, circling the Earth every 90 minutes.

Here’s the view NASA astronaut Scott Kelly had of the meteor shower, which peaked Wednesday night:

Not too shabby.

The Perseid shower continues Thursday night. It occurs each summer, when Earth crosses paths with the comet Swift-Tuttle and the trail of dust and rock that follows it. When the tiny pieces of debris meet Earth’s atmosphere—at a whopping speed of 130,000 mph—they burn up, creating the dozens of shooting stars streaking across the night and early morning sky.