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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

Izmir, Turkey

IZMIR, TURKEY - AUG 13: A Perseid meteor crosses the night sky in Izmir, Turkey on August 13, 2021. (Photo by Mahmut Serdar Alakus / Anadolu Agency via 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

Tatarstan, Russia

TATARSTAN, RUSSIA - AUG 13, 2021: View of the Perseid meteor shower on the Church of St Paraskevi of Iconium in the village of Russkoye Khodyashevo in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.  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 is seen from Earth as a meteor shower.  Yegor Aleyev / TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via 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

Guadalajara, Spain

BRIHUEGA, GUADALAJARA, SPAIN - 2021/08/13: A meteor crossing the summer night sky above a dead tree during the Perseid meteor shower.  (Photo by Marcos del Mazo / LightRocket via 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

August 11, 2021. 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.  NASA Photo by Bill Ingalls / UPI Credit: UPI / Alamy Live News
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

Didgori, Georgia

2GDG6W7 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. REUTERS / Irakli Gedenidze
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

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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 an annual meteor shower, which occurs when the earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.  (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP via Getty Images)
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, Norfolk.  Sky watchers are expected to be treated to a bright display next week as Earth passes through debris left by a comet.  Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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 spinning in the sky was taken at the Piano Visitone.  Photo by Giuseppe Donatiello
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

LAKE PORMA, SPAIN - AUG 05: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was created with multiple exposure photographs) Meteors along the Milky Way in the sky on August 5, 2021 in Porma Lake, Leon, Spain.  The Perseids can be seen between the days of July 17 to August 24 of each year.  The most optimal day is August 11.  (Photo by Samuel de Roman / Getty Images)
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

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