Milky Way © Andrew March

Take 5: Starry Night

What are you up to this Wednesday night? Hopefully, you’re planning for a bit of stargazing!

The peak of the Perseid meteor shower—the most viewed shower of the year—falls on the night of August 11–12 this year. After midnight, shooting stars, as many as 60 per hour, will flare through the darkened sky.

While we can only cross our fingers and hope for clear enough skies to take in the majesty of the Perseids, you don’t need to stay up late or watch the weather to enjoy these five photos of starry night skies from our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. But if you do happen to catch a “falling star” don’t forget to make a wish!

Milky Way © Rick Branscomb
Milky Way © Rick Branscomb
Milky Way © Mark Uchneat
Backyard Stargazing © Mark Uchneat
Milky Way © Andrew March
Milky Way © Andrew March
Milky Way © Robert Killam
Milky Way © Robert Killam
Milky Way © Alyssa O'Mara
Milky Way © Alyssa O’Mara

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