17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

By Attila Nagy on at

The best meteor shower of the year is upon us right now. If you go outside to a dark enough place, far from the city lights, you may spot loads of shooting stars during the annual Perseid meteor shower. We’ve scoured the web for the photos, and we took our own, too.

The Perseids are created when pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle hit Earth’s atmosphere and burn up in the air, creating vivid strikes across the night sky. During the next few nights, you’ll still have the chance to spot dozens of Perseid meteors — so don’t miss the shower’s peak! Check out our helpful guide to catching the best show .

Three Perseid meteors (and an airplane) streak across the sky above the ruins of a medieval castle in Nógrád, Hungary. I created this composite image from 30 second exposure shots.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


A Perseid meteor over the community of Cold Creek in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images


A meteor behind a grain elevator in Baxter, Iowa.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP


Stars and a meteor are seen behind the ruins of a house near Tuzla, Bosnia.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Amel Emric/AP


A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky in El Escorial, outside Madrid, in the early hours of Thursday, August 13, 2015.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Francisco Seco/AP


A meteor is seen over a farm near Tonganoxie, Kansas.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Orlin Wagner/AP


A meteor over the windmills of Tés, Hungary.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Péter Komka/MTI


A Perseid meteor and the Milky Way captured last night in Lajosmizse, Hungary.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Sándor Ujvári/MTI


Three Perseids and the Milky Way, Cura, Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photo: Andrés Nieto Porras


Perseid meteors as observed by NASA meteor and All Sky cameras.

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor Shower

Photos: NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center


More #Perseid shots from Twitter and Flickr:

17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor ShowerPhoto: David Illig


17 Spectacular Photos of This Year's Ongoing Perseid Meteor ShowerPhoto: Kev Lewis


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