14 Awe-Inspiring Images of Shooting Stars

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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 ol’ 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 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 Boqiang Liao


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

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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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