Stunning Perseid meteor shower pictures

Stargazers in the northern hemisphere enjoyed the oldest meteor shower known to Earth in August 2015. The annual Perseid shower occurs when pieces of comet Swift-Tuttle hit Earth's atmosphere at more than 133,000 mph and burn up. Here are some stunning images of the 2015 Perseid meteor shower.


    Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

    A meteor streaks across the sky in the early morning as people watching during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramon Carter near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel, Aug. 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

    Ramona, California

    The night sky is shown during the Perseid meteor shower in Ramona, Calif., Aug. 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

    San Gregornio Pass Wind Farm, Calif.

    A meteor (top L) speeds past windmills at the San Gregornio Pass Wind Farm near Whitewater, California, Aug. 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Sam Mircovich)

    Obanos, Spain

    Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind Arnotegui Hermitage, in Obanos, northern Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the "tears of Saint Lawrence", since 10 August is the date of that saint's martyrdom. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    Hadrian’s Wall, U.K.

    Members of the public watch the Perseid meteor shower above Sycamore Gap which is along Hadrian's Wall near Bardon Mill, England, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Baxter, Iowa

    In this photo taken with long exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky behind a grain elevator during the annual Perseid meteor shower Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Baxter, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Tuzla, Bosnia

    Stars and meteor streaks are seen behind a destroyed house, near Tuzla, Bosnia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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