Perseid meteors put on a show (and you can still catch them)

The Perseid meteor shower was expected to put on a great show last night and, if you had clear skies, you likely weren’t disappointed.

READ MORE: How you can watch the Perseid meteor shower

People around the world were able to see meteors streaking across the sky, from dim ones to fireballs.

A green and red Perseid streaks across the sky near Regina, Saskatchewan, in the early morning of Aug. 12, 2016.

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A Perseid streaks across the sky with the Andromeda Galaxy (lower right) in Aven, Switzerland on Aug. 11, 2016.

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The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year and is best seen from North America where the constellation Perseus (the area from which the meteors appear to emerge, hence the name) rises high in the night sky.

On average, the Perseids have a maximum of around 100 meteors per hour in dark skies. This year’s activity was predicted to be double that, a result of Jupiter’s gravity having moved the stream closer to Earth’s orbit.

A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramon Crater near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, August 12, 2016.


If you were clouded out, don’t fret: Earth is still in the stream of debris shed by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. As Earth passes through the stream left over from its earlier orbits, the dust grains burn up in our atmosphere, producing the meteors we see. And, though the Perseid shower runs from July 13 to Aug. 26 and peaked Thursday night into Friday morning, you will likely still be able to see meteors tonight and over the weekend.

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Aven, Switzerland on August 11, 2016.

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