Your Best Photos of Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower put on a celestial fireworks show early this this week, dazzling skywatchers around the world with as many as 70 shooting stars per hour at peak times.

A flurry of Perseid meteors appear to radiate out from the Milky Way galaxy in the background of this composite image taken over many hours at Dream Lake in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park  in the early morning hours of August 13, 2013.

We received hundreds of photos of the meteor shower through National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community. Here are some of our favorites.

The name of the shower comes from the region in the sky that the Perseid meteors appear to originate from, the northern Perseus constellation.

Every mid-August, Earth slams into a cloud of debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. This debris hits the atmosphere at high speeds, ionizing and producing streaks of light known as “shooting stars.”

If you have a picture of the Perseid meteor shower and would like to submit it to National Geographic’s Your Shot, our editors will consider adding it to this gallery. Please include the hashtag #meteor.

—Andrew Fazekas

(Source: National Geographic)