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.
Shooting star at sunset
In this 30-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.
Heavenly view from the Navajo Nation
A Perseid meteor during the 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower taken from Northern Arizona by Donovan Shortey.
This time-lapse taken by Tomislav Cuto shows shooting stars cutting across spiral star paths over Croatia.
Spiral shooting stars
Another time-lapse by Tomislav Cuto features shooting stars cutting across spiral star paths over Croatia.
This photo by Phil Ostroff is made up of nearly 90 minutes worth of 25-second exposures. Meteors and aircraft trails are seen cutting across the paths taken by stars.
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View from Israel
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.
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Inspiring view at Inspiration Point
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky early on Friday above Inspiration Point at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Warp drive view
Tommi R created this image, a composite of about 30 images taken in the twilight hours in Finland and merged in Photoshop.
Lighting up Lithuania
This stunner from Lithuania is made up of 17 different 30 second exposures merged into one composite by Andrius Aleksandravičius.
Hunting for subtle spiral crossers
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.