See what the Perseids looked like from space in this awesome footage

It’s not arrogance — it’s just perspective. When everyone else is looking up, astronauts are looking down. And when what we’re looking for is a meteor shower, to say that the folks up at the International Space Station had the best seats in the house would be something of an understatement.

If you’re among the 80 percent of the world’s population living in an area with such extreme light pollution that you can’t see the stars, you probably couldn’t catch much of a show this past weekend when the Perseids made an appearance. But rest assured that no matter where you were on Earth, there’s no way that you could’ve gotten as good of a look as the folks miles above our planet’s surface.

Without any cloud cover to worry about or other pesky conditions to obscure their view, the folks aboard the ISS decided to set up an extremely sensitive, high-definition camera in the Window Observational Research Facility. And needless to say, it captured some pretty remarkable footage.

Beginning August 10, the ISS crew began seeing a bit of action from the Perseid shower, and before that, the project caught a meteor from the Delta Aquarids flying over the Pacific Ocean at the end of July. And while there’s plenty of aesthetic value in these images, scientists are gleaning valuable information from the captures as well.

For example, by analyzing the wavelengths of light the meteors emit as they burn, scientists can gather data about their composition, and by extension, their origin. Sure, it’s also possible to determine some of this information from Earth, but as Discover Magazine points out, “there is less atmospheric noise distorting spectra observations recorded in space.” Moreover, the high-tech camera the ISS crew set up is capable of discerning very fine grains of dust that wouldn’t otherwise be visible to us Earthlings.

There’s actually plenty of footage from the Perseids from the ISS, as the station orbits the globe a total of 16 times a day, making for plenty (nine hours, to be exact) of observation time.

So if you missed the meteor shower IRL, this footage may be better anyway.

Emerging Tech

It’s no flying car, but the e-scooter had a huge impact on city streets in 2018

Within just a year, electric scooters have fundamentally changed how we navigate cities. From San Francisco to Paris, commuters have a new option that’s more fun than mass transit, easier than a bike, and definitely not a car.
Emerging Tech

Prepare for liftoff: Here are all the important upcoming SpaceX rocket launches

From ISS resupply missions to a host of communication and scientific satellite launches, SpaceX has a busy year ahead. Here's a rundown of some of the company's most important missions slated for the next year.
Photography

These are the best action cameras money can buy

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Emerging Tech

Intel wants its fleet of drones to monitor America’s aging, unsafe bridges

Intel has signed a deal to use its Falcon 8+ drones to carry out bridge inspections. The hope is that these drones will be useful in spotting potential problems before they become serious.
Giveaways

Print your heart’s desire: Enter our giveaway to win a free Monoprice 3D printer

We’re giving away a $400 Monoprice MP Voxel 3D Printer. It's easy to use, especially for beginners, with its simple menu system and touchscreen display. It comes fully assembled so you can spend more time printing instead of setting up.
Emerging Tech

Transplanted pig hearts show promise in baboon trials. Are humans next?

Researchers in Germany have successfully transplanted modified pig hearts into baboons. The results take us one step closer to ending organ transplant waiting lists for good. Here's why.
Emerging Tech

An A.I. cracks the internet’s squiggly letter bot test in 0.5 seconds

How do you prove that you’re a human when communicating on the internet? The answer used to be by solving a CAPTCHA puzzle. But maybe not for too much longer. Here is the reason why.
Emerging Tech

Makerbot is back with a new 3D printer that’s faster and more precise than ever

MakerBot's new Method 3D printer aims to bridge the gap between home 3D printers and more industrial 3D printing tech. Here are a few of the tantalizing things you can expect from it.
Emerging Tech

Warm ski beanie instantly hardens into a head-protecting helmet upon impact

Wool hats are way more comfortable than hard helmets. You know what they're not? Safer. That could soon change, thanks to an innovative new ski beanie which instantly hardens upon impact.
Deals

Take to the skies with these 5 drones on sale for under $50

On the hunt for some cool tech for under $50? We've rounded up 5 drones under $50 that you can still get before Christmas. These models are great for kids, adults, and anyone just getting started with drones.
Emerging Tech

With this robotic garage, retrieving your car is like using a vending machine

Remembering where we parked our cars can be a real pain. But what if our cars came to find us, rather than the other way around? A new automated robot parking valet system aims to help.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…