The Perseid meteor shower is known for shooting stars that are especially bright and fast. Their annual August appearance was especially memorable this year thanks to an assist from Jupiter. The giant planet's gravity pulled on the comet debris stream, allowing Earth to pass more directly through the middle of it, producing double the normal amount of shooting stars as a result.
Photographer Michael Seeley created this image by stacking a series of 105 shots taken at Indian River Lagoon near Melbourne, Florida.
"I captured four meteors, and three are visible here (the fourth is behind the clouds). There were also five or six others I saw that were either out of the frame or were too faint to be captured," Seeley says.
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above trees in the central Israeli village of Luzit during the meteor shower that occurs yearly when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early on Friday above Inspiration Point at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Tommi R created this image, a composite of about 30 images taken in the twilight hours in Finland and merged in Photoshop.
This stunner from Lithuania is made up of 17 different 30 second exposures merged into one composite by Andrius Aleksandravičius.
Caption byEric Mack / Photo by Andrius Aleksandravičius
You have to search a bit to find the trails of meteors that cut across the spiral pathways of stars in this time-lapse from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but it's worth the hunt. Alan Osterholtz snapped this stunner.