CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide

Perseids show off in 2015

Under Spanish skies

Circles and shooting stars

Sakura spirit

Milky meteors

Taking cover

Stacked shooting stars

Light for the lighthouse

Reach out and touch someone

Shooting stars and sparks

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

Caption by / Photo by Oliver Berg/AFP/Getty Images

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

Caption by / Photo by Andres Nieto Porras/Flickr

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

Photo by Dirk Essl/Flickr

Caption by / Photo by Dirk Essl/Flickr

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

Photo by reonides/Flickr

Caption by / Photo by reonides/Flickr

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

Photo by Craig Rogers/Flickr

Caption by / Photo by Craig Rogers/Flickr

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

Photo by Philipp Eller/Flickr

Caption by / Photo by Philipp Eller/Flickr

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.

Caption by / Photo by Rayann Elzein

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

Caption by / Photo by Matthias Balk/AFP/Getty Images

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

Caption by / Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images

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

Photo by Fredde Nilsson/Flickr

Caption by / Photo by Fredde Nilsson/Flickr
Published: