WATCH: Space Is the Place to View Meteor Showers

For many people the finest Perseid meteor shower in 20 years was obscured by clouds — curse you atmosphere!

But for the lucky crew aboard the International Space Station, viewing conditions are always perfect — they just look down instead of up. Given this excellent view, it was a no-brainer for scientists set up a super-sensitive, high-definition camera in the station’s Window Observational Research Facility to record meteors as they zip through Earth’s atmosphere.

The project’s camer

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