Some of the first photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower during its peak on the night of 12 August have surfaced across the internet.
The pictures from around the world show spectacular cosmic light show with shooting stars and bright streaks in the night skies.
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year from the end of July till August and is associated with comet Swift-Tuttle. The shower, which has been observed for over 2,000 years, gets its name from its location in the constellation Perseus.
The Perseid Meteor Shower 2013 reached its peak at approximately 100 bright streaks per hour during the early dark hours of 12 August and wee hours of 13 August.
For those who missed seeing the annual Perseid Meteor Shower reaching its peak, here are the photos showing shooting stars from the skies above Stonehenge, villages in UK to across the world:
This article was first published on August 13, 2013