Perseids meteor shower captured in stunning photos from around the world

By Sophie Lewis

The best meteor shower of the year brought with it stunning fireballs and bright trails of dust that illuminated the night sky this week. Millions of people around the world marveled as the Perseids meteor shower peaked Tuesday and Wednesday — a spectacular conclusion to a summer filled with cosmic phenomena that included a once-in-a-lifetime comet.

The annual meteor shower is popular for bringing up to 100 meteors per hour, bright tails of color and explosive fireballs. The stunning meteors are leftover particles from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which last passed through the inner solar system in 1992.

Astrophotographers around the world are sharing their best photos of the celestial event. But, it’s not too late to check out the meteor shower for yourself — Perseids is active through August 24.


Perseid Meteor Shower in Turkey's Usak
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky over the ancient city of Blaundus in Usak, Turkey on August 13, 2020.

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Perseid meteor shower
A meteor during the Perseid meteor shower seen over Happisburgh lighthouse in Norfolk, England.

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A meteor crossing the night sky over the Milky way in a
A meteor crossing the night sky over the Milky way in a sunflower field in Brihuega, Guadalajara, Spain on August 12, 2020.

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Perseid showers over Germany
Shooting stars seen next to the Milky Way in Lower Saxony, Antendorf, Germany on August 12, 2020.

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August Perseids Over Gran Sasso D'Italia
Perseids streak across Gran Sasso d’Italia in L’Aquila, Italy on August 10, 2020.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above the Necropolis on Smrike for the victims of Fascism during the Perseid meteor shower in Novi Travnik
Meteors streak past the Necropolis on Smrike in Novi Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 13, 2020.




A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky near the city of Ohrid, Macedonia on August 13, 2020.



The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower From Gold Butte National Monument
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada on August 12, 2020.

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A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above a camping site at the Negev desert near the city of Mitzpe Ramon, Israel on August 11, 2020.

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salute from the cable-stayed bridge, hovering above the water Assol and space suits

The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.

The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country. Photo: Artem KILKIN

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN

The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast Photo: Artyom KILKIN

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN

And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.

The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.

The hosts of the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Alexandrova Photo: Oleg GOLD

Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworks. Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD

By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of Finland Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD

And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.

If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.

Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA


After the scandal with the blockade, Olga Buzova angered with her appearance on May 9

Olga Buzova’s next venture provoked a new flood of popular anger. The leading singer angered the Russians with her appearance. But the public has not forgotten the scandalous tricks of the TV star, when she, sitting in a swimsuit at the table, licked a plate with the words “I’m a blockade.”

Olga Buzova on the occasion of May 9, I decided to talk about the feat of my great-grandfathersthan incredibly inspired her fans. However, then she began to publish photos and videos on which posed in a military uniform with bright makeup with a cap on his head. The artist threw a nurse’s handbag over her shoulder, and held a dandelion in her manicured fingers.

Olga Buzova went to the forest for a bright photo

“May 9th is the main, holy date in the life of each of us. This is a day of immense pride in the feat of true heroes who, without sparing life, defended our Motherland! We will forever keep in our hearts the memory of their courage! Thanks to you, we live 75 years under a peaceful sky! Tears of happiness for the Great Victory pour out of my eyes and tears of grief for those who are gone … “, reads the caption to the photo.

Great holiday

Wherein take off gold and platinum bracelets Buzova did not guess. Or did not consider it necessary. She read the poem Wind of War by Stepan Kadashnikov in memory of those killed at the front, and then presented with her boyfriend David Manukyan a cover for the song “Cranes”.

This finally infuriated users of the social network. They began to leave indignant messages, recalling the actress and the recent scandal with the blockade, and the glamorous Mother of God, and embarrassment at Epiphany.

Cranes.Premiere cover, 2020

“They don’t go to make-up in the war!”, “Show-off!”, “What are you doing again?”, “Have you tried any less makeup?”, “Why are you doing carnival on this day?”, “I made up and came to the forest for a photo “,” Cheap masquerade “,” This is called Spanish shame when she does it, but we are all ashamed “,” Very funny, you need to remove the bracelets, “the fans are indignant.

We are for peace … For love … May the war never return again …

Olga never responds to criticism and indignation of fans. Her favorite hate phrase: “The dog barks, and the caravan goes.”

Olga Buzova: from a cleaning lady to a millionaire.Who doesn’t know Buzova? Everyone knows Olya. Some love her, while others hate her. Sometimes it seems that there is simply no one indifferent to the ex-participant of “House-2” …


Tivùsat, two new channels of Sky in high definition are coming: what they are

Important news for Tivùsat, the satellite platform that allows you to watch for free on the TV over one hundred TV channels, including all of the Rai, Mediaset, La 7 and the Discovery group. From May 14, in fact, two new free channels in high definition will be available: TV8 and Cielo. These are two generalist Sky channels for DTT, already present on Tivùsat, but not in HD.

The schedule of Tivùsat is enriched with two new channels in HD, bringing the total to 54. Recall that there are also on the satellite platform 7 channels in 4K, also free. On the new high definition channels of TV8 and Cielo, users will find the best of Sky’s generalist programming, including the Europa League matches (when football will resume), some races of the MotoGP championship (scheduled for this summer ) and entertainment programs such as X Factor and Italia’s Got Talent. Here how to see the two new Sky channels on Tivùsat.

Cielo and TV8 in HD on Tivùsat: how to watch them

TV8 and Cielo in HD will be available on Tivùsat channels 8 and 19. Their debut is expected for the May 19th and there should be no need to retune the channels (which on Tivùsat is different depending on the model of decoder purchased).

These are not two 100% new channels, being already present in the standard version. It will only be an upgrade of the transmission quality and from 1 December 2020, the high definition version will permanently replace the standard one.

How to see Tivùsat

We have dedicated many articles to the Tivùsat theme and explained in detail what it is and how it works. We remember that Tivùsat is a satellite platform that allows the viewing of generalist channels (and not only) for free. To all intents and purposes, it is an alternative to digital terrestrial and was created to send the television signal even to places where there is no digital terrestrial. To use Tivùsat it is necessary to have a satellite dish (the one used for Sky is fine too) and a decoder or CAM to receive the signal. The Tivùsat card is free and the only costs are those for the decoder or the system (in case you don’t already have a satellite dish).


Sky Q app is now also available for download free of charge on LG Smart TVs

The popular one with Sky customers Sky Q app is up after the successful launch Samsung Smart TVs (with Tizen operating system) and the Apple TV box (from the 4th generation) now also for Smart TVs from LG Electronics (with operating system Web OS 2.0 or higher) available. The app is available for free ready for download. An additional cable or satellite connection is not necessary.

With the Sky Q app, customers have the option of enjoying their program on any other television set in addition to the Sky Q receiver, whether with one of the over 100 linear TV channels or the best series and cinema blockbusters on demand. On-demand content started on another device can easily be continued with the Sky Q app. With the autoplay function, serial episodes can be seamlessly waxed.

Max Konstantin Ehrhardt, Director Product Management at Sky Deutschland: “With the Sky Q app, the Sky Q Mini and the mobile Sky Go app, the Sky program can be enjoyed in all rooms easier and more flexibly than ever. With the LG Smart TVs, we are now expanding the availability of the Sky Q app by a significant platform that is very popular with many of our customers.

Andreas Urbach, Head of Product Marketing Home Entertainment, LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH: “We are pleased that with Sky Q we are offering another popular TV offer on LG Smart TV and can thus offer our customers an even wider range of entertainment options.


Trailer: Premiere of second “Das Boot” season takes place on the net – video

The premiere of the second season of the series “Das Boot” is being relocated due to the coronavirus crisis. The series is about a German submarine crew during the Second World War. The first season started at Sky in autumn 2018 and received several awards.

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A woman’s shadow lies over SAP – Morning Briefing

Good morning dear readers,

if Germany can show something with pride in the battle of the big digital corporations, it is SAP from Walldorf, the invention of five ex-IBM forces 48 years ago. So it borders on self-harm that after only six months co-CEO Jennifer Morgan already logged out again. So forget all the great portraits of the first boss in the Dax, delete the hymns of praise of the chairman of the board and co-founder Hasso Plattner. According to our knowledge, the implosion at the top is also the result of an internal power struggle. Co-boss Christian Klein carries out a strong standardization and centralization, the American wanted the subsidiaries more independence to let. Even the PR candle from Walldorf cannot hide the dispute between vanities, according to which clarity and determination are necessary in the Corona period. Aristotle thought that to hide a mistake with a lie was to replace a spot with a hole.

In the beginning it advised Robert Koch Institute refraining from autopsying Covid 19 dead, it is too dangerous. From Basel in Switzerland, where there were fewer concerns, the first results of an examination of 20 coronavirus deaths are now coming. They suffered from high blood pressure and Overweight, but above all there was a serious disturbance of the Microcirculation the lungs – the oxygen exchange no longer worked. The Hamburg medical examiner Klaus Püschel also had 100 virus victims examined, according to a report by NDR, WDR and “Süddeutscher Zeitung”. Similar to Basel is also here none of the dead without previous illnesses been.

New York futurologist Amy Webb speaks this week in the “Handelsblatt Disrupt” podcast.

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Has become a trend researcher Amy Webb made a name worldwide. This week the New York professor speaks for Strategic future planning in the podcast “Handelsblatt Disrupt” with my colleague Sebastian Matthes. In the interview, Webb predicts the division of the world into two: in part with the People’s Republic of China and its partners, who used a digital surveillance infrastructure, as well as the rest of the other countries. China is using the crisis to expand the Artificial intelligenceto collect even more data, believes Webb. But data are like Algorithms the weapons of the future. And so it does Futurologist in the end worries “that the global pandemic will trigger an economic-technological war that we have never seen before”.

The days of rest in the Dax group Wirecard are over: Today, the final special report of KPMG’s auditors is to be published – on allegations dubious contracts and partners who have been featured in a Financial Times (FT) series. Bafin boss Felix Hufeld wants to study the work of the auditors carefully: “Payment service providers, like banks, must adhere to a comprehensive set of rules.” Bafin’s own investigations into who is involved strategic sales benefited from Wirecard shares prior to the release of “FT” items have been completed. The investigation by the Munich public prosecutor’s office, which uses the Bafin work, continues. According to our information, the German auditing agency for accounting has meanwhile also an investigation of the Wirecard balance sheet check initiated. So this company will soon be as open as an oyster after consumption.

Series hits like “Tiger King”: Netflix increases the number of paid subscriptions.

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Corona time is Netflix-Time. You follow “social distancing”, stay at home and watch series after series, film after film. There is nothing else to be inferred from the most recent figures, the Streaming primus announced last night. After that, the number of paid subscriptions rose in the first quarter by 15.8 million to almost 183 million – which exceeded both the own forecasts and the expectations of the analysts. Series hits like “Tiger King” around Joe Exotic and its big cat zoo are so well received that Netflix is ​​expecting 7.5 million new customers worldwide this quarter. Since the profit has also doubled at the moment, the share is growing again. The company of Reed Hastings is now worth more than the big rival Disney.

The Germans decided to end the season prematurely Handball player – and selected it THW Kiel according to an elaborated calculation model to master. in the Soccer After the Belgian league, the Dutch league also decided to end the season due to the corona restrictions. And in Scotland there is also an end in sight – that of the European association Uefa, contrary to what was announced, will not be punished with the exclusion of clubs from competitions. New regulations that take the corona virus into account are to be presented tomorrow, Thursday. That day, too German soccer Bundesliga decide that ghost games should continue in May. This is the only way to secure a rate of EUR 230 million from Sky for broadcasting rights – and many clubs first before broke rescue.

And then there’s the world performance artist Marina Abramovicwho first silenced her for years Online campaigns breaks against them. “Can’t you stop doing that?” Asks Abramovic, “don’t you see, that’s the art I’ve been doing for 50 years?” She really isn’t a “satanist” – a suspicion that her opponents have been stirring up since becoming one “Spirit Cooking” dinner loaded. Recently, ongoing anonymous online protests have resulted in Microsoft a work with Abramovic, who promoted digital technologies, removed from the YouTube platform after 24,000 dislikes. She is looking for a positive way out of the matter, says the native Serb, “anxiety is the worst human emotion ”.

I wish you a positive, completely fear-free day. And if it consoles you: in 2020 we will experience art and performances again in the museum.

Greetings to you warmly

Hans-Jürgen Jakobs
Senior editor

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Sky makes sports bars an offer without football

Sports providers: Sky, DAZN, Eurosport (from left)
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Football is the driving force in the Corona crisis. This hits sports bars hard. Streaming provider Sky now offers a goodwill arrangement, but private customers still fall by the wayside.

Sportbars do not have to pay for their Sky subscription during the time without the Bundesliga. The pay-TV broadcaster wants to “retroactively suspend payments until March 14, 2020 until we can deliver an adequate live sports TV program again”, says a letter to the restaurateurs. So far there is no financial goodwill regulation for private customers.

However, the company has activated its entertainment offer (Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema) with films and series for one month for all customers. The station also has three new programs for sports fans. The half-hour formats focus on tennis (Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.), handball (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) and Formula 1 (Friday on the originally planned Grand Prix weekends, 6:30 p.m.).

Like the DAZN streaming service, which is also subject to a fee, Sky has currently no live broadcasts on offer due to the spread of the corona virus after the cancellation of almost all sporting events. They currently mainly show documentaries and recordings from previous soccer games.


Oleksandr Usyk promises to take world heavyweight titles from Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury Boxing news

The Ukrainian is the mandatory WBO challenger for Anthony Joshua

Last updated: 22/03/20 7:12


Oleksandr Usyk rejected Dereck Chisora’s tactics ahead of the O2 clash

Oleksandr Usyk rejected Dereck Chisora’s tactics ahead of the O2 clash

Oleksandr Usyk has promised to get world titles from Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as he attempts to break British heavyweight dominance.

The pound-for-pound Ukrainian star has set his sights on British duo Joshua and Fury, who hold all the belts in the world, but first prepares to take on Derek Chisora ​​at The O2 on May 23, live on Sky Sports Box Office, only in his second fight in the top division.

Usyk became the undisputed champion of the cruiser while winning the World Boxing Super Series and is not discouraged by the prospect of challenging the unified king Joshua, or the newly crowned WBC Fury champion.

Anthony Joshua holds the WBA 'super' IBF and WBO titles

Anthony Joshua holds the WBA ‘super’ IBF and WBO titles

“I work hard on it,” Usyk said, when asked about his goal of holding all the world’s heavyweight titles.

But the extremely talented southpaw didn’t have a preference for Joshua or Fury, replying: “I want to fight both.”

Joshua has already fielded a mandatory IBF title fight against Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur stadium on June 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with Fury expected to defend his WBC title in a third fight with Deontay Wilder, although Usyk is paying little attention to either champ.

New WBC champion Tyson Fury will face Deontay Wilder again

New WBC champion Tyson Fury will face Deontay Wilder again

“The last thing I think about is who will fight who. No prediction,” said Usyk.

Usyk was installed as a mandatory WBO challenger for Joshua after going heavyweight, but was unwilling to sit back and wait for his title shot.

The 33-year-old suffered a bicep injury before his division debut against Chazz Witherspoon, a stoppage win in the seventh round, while he was recently hampered by an elbow problem and wants to hone his skills with Chisora’s fight.

“I have to stay active. I have to box,” he said. “If your vocation is passive, it is not good. If you stay active, it is very good. This is my active vocation.”

Usyk defused any tension by asking for a selfie with Chisora

Usyk defused any tension by asking for a selfie with Chisora

Promoter Eddie Hearn is ready to organize an undisputed heavyweight world title fight between Joshua and Fury before the end of the year, but Usyk’s team remains determined to challenge the Olympic gold medal teammate first.

“Right now, we have to win [against Chisora], then after the mandatory fight for the WBO must take place, “said Usyk manager Egis Klimas Sky Sports.

“I think Anthony wants this fight too. Good fighters want to fight good fighters. Anthony sees a great challenge in Oleksandr and wants to go there. Everyone says Oleksandr will give Anthony trouble, but Anthony believes otherwise, so he wants to prove that he is harder.

“In the UK it would make sense – it wouldn’t make sense to go to the United States with a boxer from the UK and one from Ukraine. UK fans know Usyk.”