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Milky Way and meteors

Time lapse with turrets

Stacking shooting stars

Perseids spiral

The ancients watch

Going against traffic

Space grist for the mill

Morning meteor

Night light

Crashing clouds

Street level

Sailing beneath starry skies

Wispy wanderer

Macedonian meteor

Desert sky shootout

Cosmic campout

Cosmic campout after dark

Flying the flag

Crimson collection

Falling skies

California dreams


The Perseid meteor shower is a favorite with night sky watchers each August. While the 2017 edition didn't quite hit the spectacular heights of the event in 2016 due to a bright moon, photographers worldwide still collected some incredible shots of space rocks racing to a fiery end in the atmosphere.

Case in point: This vivid image of the Milky Way captured from Turkey by Mesut Felat Özsoy managed to catch a few Perseid "shooting stars" in its exposure.

Caption by / Photo by Mesut Felat Özsoy

Can you spot the horizon-hugging Perseids in this photo by Jonathan Green shot at Lawrence Castle in Exeter, UK? There are also a few satellites tracking their way across the sky in the time-lapse image.

Caption by / Photo by Jonathan Green

This image stacks multiple shots of Perseid meteors on top of each other. It comes via amateur UK photographer Andy Stones.

Caption by / Photo by Andy Stones

This time lapse focused on the "North Star," Polaris, captures a few Perseids cutting across the spiral trails of stellar light. UK photographer Gerry Gutteridge says there are four visible meteors in the shot, but you might have to hunt to see them all. 

Caption by / Photo by Gerry Gutteridge

Photographer Jan Knurek captured this Perseid as an old tree on the Cotswold Hills at Evenlode near Stow on the Wold in the UK looks on.

Caption by / Photo by Jan Knurek

A few faint Perseids can be seen cutting across the circular trails of stars in this time-lapse photo taken by Flickr photographer Joachim S. from Switzerland.

Caption by / Photo by Joachim S. / Flickr

A lone meteor cruises the early morning sky over the Jill Windmill in West Sussex, UK in this composite image made from three photos by photographer Chris Waddell.

Caption by / Photo by Chris Waddell

Get up early enough and you can get much more than a worm. Photographer Geoff Moore grabbed this image of a Perseid meteor appearing to just miss Broadway Tower in Worcestershire, UK.

Caption by / Photo by Geoff Moore

This meteor captured by Piotr Potepa turned into a fireball in the skies over Poland as the Perseids peaked.

Caption by / Photo by Piotr Potepa

Overcast skies don't have to overwhelm the year's most anticipated meteor shower, as this shot by UK photographer Wendy Clark shows.

Caption by / Photo by Wendy Clark

Another shot from the UK of a meteor rushing to the edge of frame before disappearing.

Caption by / Photo by Wendy Clark

UK photographer James Parker says he captured two Perseids in this single shot from Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk.

Caption by / Photo by James Parker

A Perseid meteor appears to be racing toward the rising sun below the horizon in this shot from George Aldrich.

Caption by / Photo by George Aldrich

A Perseid slides alongside the Milky Way in this shot taken over a Greek church in Macedonia by photographer Martsos Dimitris.

Caption by / Photo by Martsos Dimitris

Photographer Kevin Key caught this Perseid meteor over an outdoor saloon at Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs near Jacumba, California.

Caption by / Photo by Kevin Key

A camping trip in California's Joshua Tree National Park delivered showstoppers in the sky.

Caption by / Photo by Joe Fenstermaker

The view of the Perseids from Joshua Tree once the sun went down and the Milky Way joined the party.

Caption by / Photo by Joe Fenstermaker

Several Perseids were caught by UK photographer Ralph Rayner from his roof despite the bright moon rising behind him.

Caption by / Photo by Ralph Rayner

This composite image from the Netherlands and photographer Ide Geert Koffeman shows 30 meteors, the majority of which are Perseids, with at least one that's part of a different shower.

Caption by / Photo by Ide Geert Koffeman

A collection of Perseids in one image from the UK.

Caption by / Photo by Gary Furnival

Rafael Gonzalez nabbed this shot of a meteor and the Milky Way from the Golden State.

Caption by / Photo by Rafael Gonzalez

UK photographer Peter Grieg managed to nab this shot of the well-known Durdle Door formation in Dorset, England with a lone Perseid.

The Perseids may continue to be visible through mid-August. If you catch them, feel free to share the image with me on Twitter @EricCMack.

Caption by / Photo by Peter Greig
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