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Bright (shooting) star

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.

This shot by Phil Ostroff taken north of Austin, Texas, shows off one meteor's good side. There are more on Phil's Instagram feed.

Photo by: Phil Ostroff

Mega shooting star stack

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.

Photo by: Michael Seeley

Shooting star at sunset

In this 30-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

Photo by: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Heavenly view from the Navajo Nation

A Perseid meteor during the 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower taken from Northern Arizona by Donovan Shortey.

Photo by: Donovan Shortey

Croatian time-lapse

This time-lapse taken by Tomislav Cuto shows shooting stars cutting across spiral star paths over Croatia.

Photo by: Tomislav Cuto

Spiral shooting stars

Another time-lapse by Tomislav Cuto features shooting stars cutting across spiral star paths over Croatia.

Photo by: Tomislav Cuto

Irish eyes are spotting meteors

Spotted from Maghera in Northern Ireland by Martin McKenna.

Photo by: Martin McKenna

Cutting through trails

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.

Photo by: Phil Ostroff

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.

Photo by: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

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.


Photo by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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.

Photo by: Tommi R

Lighting up Lithuania

This stunner from Lithuania is made up of 17 different 30 second exposures merged into one composite by Andrius Aleksandravičius.

Photo 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.

Photo by: Alan Osterholtz

Solitary shooter

Colin Frankland captured a lone Perseid shooting over Lincolnshire, UK.

Photo by: Colin Frankland

Northern light

A particularly bright Perseid over Norway's Grefsen church. Taken by Niclas Welander Sæther.

Photo by: Niclas Welander Sæther

Perseid's Milky Ways

A Perseid captured alongside the Milky Way and a few joshua trees. Taken by Tyler S Leavitt.

Photo by: Tyler S Leavitt

Meteors over Lake Tahoe

As seen over Lake Tahoe's Chimney Beach. Taken by Beau Rogers.

Photo by: Beau Rogers

Welsh meteor

A shooting star captured over Wales. Taken by Kev Lewis.

Photo by: Kev Lewis

Enchanted sky

A Perseid captured at 10:48 p.m. local time over Embudo, New Mexico, by photographer Mike Lewinski.

Got some great Perseid shots of your own you want to share? Tweet them to @crave.

Photo by: Mike Lewinski

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