The Perseids – one of the best and brightest meteor showers this year – hit its peak this week, captivating stargazers across the globe.
The experience was even better since there was no moon to upstage its glory.
The dazzling show will remain active until Aug. 26, according to the American Meteor Society, a nonprofit scientific organization that supports the research of astronomers. But the the meteor shower only peaks through Aug. 12-13.
While Europe already saw the Perseids' peak, skywatchers in the United States are still waiting for the event to occur.
“If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August’s Perseids or December’s Geminids,” NASA advised amateur astronomers. “The Perseids feature fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, and in 2015 there will be no moonlight to upstage the shower.”
Here’s a video released by the U.K. Meteor Observation Network, showing a Perseid fireball rushing shooting across the sky:
And these are some beautiful images captured by space enthusiasts from around the world:
Perseids from the International Space Station! Don't miss the meteor shower tonight and join the live program about the science behind it on NASA TV (www.nasa.gov/ntv) at 10pm ET. The Perseids are considered to be the best meteor shower of the year. Meteors come from leftover comet particles and bits from broken asteroids. When comets come around the sun, they leave a dusty trail behind them. Every year the Earth passes through these debris trails, which allows the bits to collide with our atmosphere where they disintegrate to create fiery and colorful streaks in the sky. #meteorshower #perseid #space #meteor #spacestation #astronomy