The Perseid meteor shower occurs annually from July 23 to August 24, when Earth passes through dust from comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle. Dust particles hit Earth’s upper atmosphere and burn, which can be seen on the ground like a meteor shower.
The downpour peaked on August 12 and 13, but you may still be able to see some action over the next few nights, provided the skies are clear.
The results are a spectacular sight, so we’ve put together a picture gallery of some of the best light show images from around the world.
Kuklice, Republic of North Macedonia Two hundred stacked digital images of long exposures show Perseid meteors crossing the sky over stone dools in Kuklice, near the eastern town of Kratovo, in the Republic of North Macedonia, in early August 13, 2021. Rain Perseid meteors occur each August as Earth passes through debris and dust from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Photo by Georgi Licovski / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
Pamir Plateau, China
A man watches the Perseid meteor shower over the Pamir Plateau on August 13, 2021 in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo by VCG / Getty Images
A Perseid meteor crosses the night sky in Izmir, Turkey on August 13, 2021. Photo by Mahmut Serdar Alakus / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
View of the Perseid meteor shower above St Paraskevi’s Church in Iconium on August 13, in the village of Russkoye Khodyashevo, Russian Republic of Tatarstan. Photo by Yegor Aleyev / TASS / Getty Images
A meteor crossing the summer night sky above a dead tree on August 13, 2021, during the Perseid meteor shower in Brihuega, Guadalajara, Spain. Photo by Marcos del Mazo / LightRocket / Getty Images
Spruce knob, USA
In this 30-second exposure, a meteor crosses the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in Spruce Knob, West Virginia, United States. NASA Photo by Bill Ingalls / UPI / Alamy
Meteors fly past stars in the night sky above the Battle of Didgori Memorial Complex during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Didgori, Georgia on August 13, 2021. Photo by Reuters / Irakli Gedenidze / Alamy
Check out some of our other great images:
Negev Desert, Israel
The Milky Way galaxy is pictured as a Perseid meteor crossing the sky above the Negev Desert near the Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon on August 12, 2021, during the annual meteor shower. Photo by Menahem Kahana / AFP / Getty Images
Norfolk, United Kingdom
A meteor during the Perseid meteor shower seen above Happisburgh Lighthouse on August 6, Norfolk, UK. Photo by Joe Giddens / Alamy
Piano Visitone, Italy
This image of a meteor crossing the sky was taken at Piano Visitone, in southern Italy, on August 6, 2021. Photo by Giuseppe Donatiello
Form Lake, Spain
This image, which was created using multiple photographs, shows meteors along the Milky Way in the sky over Lake Porma, Leon, Spain, August 5, 2021. Photo by Samuel de Roman / Getty Pictures