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.
Photo by: Marcus Lu
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."
Photo by: Andrei Juravle
Perseid meteor shower as seen Monday from England, by photographer Les Hunt. Settings: 30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 14 mm lens.
Photo by: Les Hunt
A view of the Perseids above Silsden in West Yorkshire, England taken Monday by Laura Hartley.
Photo by: Laura Hartley Photography
A long exposure image showing a Perseids meteor in the night sky Monday over St. Ioan, a medieval church near the village of Potsurnentsi, Bulgaria.
Photo by: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images
People wait to catch a glimpse of shooting stars during the Perseid meteor shower Monday in Yangon, Myanmar.
Photo by: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images
Holmes Chapel, U.K.
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.
Photo by: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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.
Photo by: Steve Gifford
McDonald Observatory, Texas
A very bright fireball from the Perseid meteor shower, photographed Monday by Sergio Garcia Rill, along with the Otto Struve Telescope from the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas.
Photo by: Sergio Garcia Rill
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