A meteor shower lit up the skies above Europe and North America on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye.
This year, the Perseids shower will last overall from August 10 to 14, with the peak taking place this weekend.
According to NASA the Perseids have danced across the sky every year for 2,000 years. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the ideal backdrop for the late-summer nature show.
Our atmosphere then burns up the ice and dust in the debris creating a meteor shower.
The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle. Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors!
The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.
The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most reliable showers year-after-year with Comet Swift-Tuttle being in orbit for thousands of years. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.
Yet, light pollution in towns and cities can prevent optimum viewing conditions, and reduce the visibility of the shooting stars. There is also a parade of planets visible! Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.