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.
Time lapse with turrets
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.
Stacking shooting stars
This image stacks multiple shots of Perseid meteors on top of each other. It comes via amateur UK photographer 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.
The ancients watch
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.
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Going against traffic
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.
Space grist for the mill
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.
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.
This meteor captured by Piotr Potepa turned into a fireball in the skies over Poland as the Perseids peaked.