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Dazzling shots of the 2015 Perseid meteor shower (pictures)

Often regarded as the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids have been especially spectacular thanks to a mostly absent moon.

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Perseids show off in 2015

A Perseid meteor sneaks past illuminated windmills near Gemuend, Germany. This shot was taken during the peak in activity of the annual meteor shower on August 13, 2015.

The phenomenon is a result of the Earth "shooting itself in the face" with comet debris as it passes through the cloud of space droppings left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Photo by Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images

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2 of 10 Andres Nieto Porras/Flickr

Under Spanish skies

This shot was captured near dusk in Mallorca, Spain, with a 30-second exposure. Special guest appearance by some local radio towers.

Photo by Andres Nieto Porras/Flickr

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Circles and shooting stars

This shot taken in Bavaria was captured over the course of a 129-minute exposure.

Photo by Dirk Essl/Flickr

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Sakura spirit

A 20-second exposure taken in Narusawa, Yamanashi, Japan.

Photo by reonides/Flickr

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Milky meteors

Faint Perseids dance over the summit of Mam Tor in England's Peak District. The Milky Way looks on.

Photo by Craig Rogers/Flickr

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Taking cover

A Perseid meteor seems to be looking for a hiding place behind the Swiss Alps.

Photo by Philipp Eller/Flickr

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Stacked shooting stars

This image is actually a combination of 7 stacked pictures taken over a 20 minute span in the Netherlands.

"The position of the stars corresponds to the sky on the first picture. I rotated the other photos following the sky's movement, to show the radiant of the Perseids," explains photographer Rayann Elzein.

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Light for the lighthouse

Backlit by the Milky Way, a falling star crosses the night sky behind the lighthouse in Pilsum, Germany.

Photo by Matthias Balk/AFP/Getty Images

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Reach out and touch someone

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. August 12, 2015.

Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images

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Shooting stars and sparks

A faint meteor near the top of this image from Sweden is overshadowed by the sparks happening below.

Photo by Fredde Nilsson/Flickr

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