<p>Along the Sea of Okhotsk on Russia's far eastern shores, an orca watch tower stands below a tapestry of stars flecked with streaks from the annual <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/news-perseids-meteor-shower-august-skywatching-moon-space">Perseid meteor shower</a>.</p>

Along the Sea of Okhotsk on Russia's far eastern shores, an orca watch tower stands below a tapestry of stars flecked with streaks from the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Photograph by Yuri Smityuk, TASS via Getty Images

Month's Best Space Pictures: Fiery Launch, Falling Stars

Also see beautiful terrain from hundreds of miles above Earth's surface, and get a glimpse at how humans could go to the moon and beyond.

Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures from August 2018.

This month, the skies over Russia glow with falling stars, a tiny spacecraft hurtles toward the sun, the Hubble Space Telescope spots stars more than 80 quadrillion miles away, and Jupiter's enigmatic clouds swirl like cream in the solar system's biggest cup of coffee.

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