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Japan observes many shooting stars as Perseid meteor shower peaks

A shooting star from the Perseid meteor shower is seen near the Milky Way at Koganezaki cape in the town of Nishiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 12, 2020. (Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka)

NISHIIZU, Shizuoka -- The annual Perseid meteor shower has reached its peak this year, and many shooting stars were observed in the summer night sky from the evening of Aug. 12 to the following day.

    From Koganezaki cape in the town of Nishiizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, numerous shooting stars were observed from around the peak time at 10 p.m. Families from the area who came to see the event cheered and said, "We saw it!"

    The Swift-Tuttle comet, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower, moves close to the sun roughly every 130 years. The Perseid meteor shower can be seen when debris from this comet crosses the orbital path of the Earth.

    (Japanese original by Koichiro Tezuka, Photo Group)

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