14 Awe-Inspiring Images of Shooting Stars


The night sky is a canvas of innumerable wonders; granted, some people look up at night and don’t have much interest in what they’re seeing, operating under the assumption that it’s the same old thing as any other night. I suppose such an opinion can be pardoned, given that much of what happens in the night sky is subtle and often out of reach of the naked eye. But sometimes the skies do put on a pretty spectacular show: lunar eclipses, auroras, and meteor showers.

Commonly referred to as shooting stars, meteor showers occur when bits of comets or asteroids speed through Earth’s atmosphere, heat up, and vaporize in a spectacular fashion. If you’re lucky, you can catch a lone meteor randomly streaking through the sky, but there are several periodic meteor showers that light up the sky — the Leonids, Lyrids, Eta Aquarids, Perseids, Orionids, Quadrantids, and Geminids — on a yearly basis.

Below are 14 impressive images of shooting stars that might encourage you to take up a bit of astrophotography.

Photo by John Fowler

Photo by Henry Lee

Geminid Meteor above Mobius Arch
Photo by Henry Lee

Photo by European Southern Observatory

Photo by leo.wan

Photo by Tyler Sichelski

Photo by Logan Brumm

Photo by Logan Brumm

Photo by Josh Beasley

Photo by Shan Sheehan

Photo by Tucker Hammerstrom

Photo by Luis Calçada

Photo by jason jenkins

Another way to take this type of photography a little further is with star trails. Take a look at our guide on star trail photography.

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Jason Little is a photographer, author and stock shooter. You can see Jason’s photography on his Website or his Instagram feed.

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