A peek at Perseids' meteoric peak (pictures)
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.