Perseid meteor shower
A bright meteor during Perseid meteor shower (Aug. 12) is captured in a star trail image of constellation Orion.  Babek Tafreshi—SSPL / Getty Images

Today's Google Doodle Is a Stunning Celebration of the Perseid Meteor Shower

Aug 12, 2014

If you head to Google's homepage today, you'll be treated to an animated video featuring meteors darting across a beautiful, clear night sky. The animation celebrates the Perseid Meteor Shower, which happens every year in August. (Heads up, stargazers: It peaks tonight.)

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Past doodles have honored this celestial show, but this year's is more detailed and stunning. Google created it to "encourage users to learn more about this fantastic celestial event," doodler Sophie Diao explains in a blog post. She said that for this animation, which is more ambient and serene than other doodles, she was inspired by long drives, trips to national parks, and that feeling of being in the middle of nowhere.

Diao says that she ultimately hope the doodle inspires people to step away from their computers, get outside and watch the meteor shower for real.

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