Stargazers and photographers alike came out Monday for the climax of the annual meteor shower.
Showers over Germany
Monday night saw the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, so named because the meteors -- sometimes 100 visible per hour -- appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky as the Earth passes through Swift-Tuttle's debris field.
Traveling at tens of thousands of miles an hour, the meteoroids burn up as they enter Earth's upper atmosphere, leaving beautiful trails in the sky. The light show is more prominent in the Northern Hemisphere and only somewhat visible in the Southern.
This digitally stacked image contains many photographs shot by Marcus Lu on Monday from Germany.
Click on for more photos of Perseid's peak from vantage points around the globe.
Photographer Andrei Juravle in Timisoara, Romania, writes, "Was out all last night (Monday) to observe the Perseid Meteor Shower (one night before the maximum). In four hours of observing I counted 133 meteors and managed to capture some too. In this image a total of six meteors (two are very faint). This image is a composite of 6 pictures stacked. Each picture taken with a Canon 550D, @18mm, 30s Exposure, at ISO 3200."
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky past the light trail of an aircraft over the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank on Tuesday in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom.
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Steve Gifford, of Haubstadt, Ind., says that one of the brightest meteors he saw during this year's Perseid meteor shower emitted several bright flashes as it streaked through the sky, leaving a smoke trail which lingered for 10 to 15 seconds afterwards. He took this shot Monday.