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Gallery: 2013 Perseid meteor shower

Try to catch some meteors during the first meteor shower of the spring, the Lyrids.
Try to catch some meteors during the first meteor shower of the spring, the Lyrids. Jay Callaghan
A beautiful meteor, part of the Perseid meteor shower, over the Starfest star party at  River Place Park northwest of Mount Forest, Ont. (Malcolm Park).
A beautiful meteor, part of the Perseid meteor shower, over the Starfest star party at River Place Park northwest of Mount Forest, Ont. (Malcolm Park). Malcolm Park
A brilliant Perseid meteor through the Milky Way. (David T. Chapman).
A brilliant Perseid meteor through the Milky Way. (David T. Chapman). David T. Chapman
A Perseid meteor streaks through the constellation Cassiopeia.
A Perseid meteor streaks through the constellation Cassiopeia. Bill Longo
A faint Perseid meteor over Lindsay, Ont. (Bill Longo).
A faint Perseid meteor over Lindsay, Ont. (Bill Longo). Bill Longo
Perseid at Luther Marsh, Ont. (Spencer Sills).
Perseid at Luther Marsh, Ont. (Spencer Sills). Spencer Sills
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James Ritson points skywards as a meteor streaks across the night sky above New Ralph's Cross on August 13, 2013 over the North Yorkshire Moors, United Kingdom.
James Ritson points skywards as a meteor streaks across the night sky above New Ralph's Cross on August 13, 2013 over the North Yorkshire Moors, United Kingdom. Getty Images
A Perseid meteor (R) streaks across the sky past the light trail of an aircraft over the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank on August 13, 2013 in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom.
A Perseid meteor (R) streaks across the sky past the light trail of an aircraft over the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank on August 13, 2013 in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom. Getty Images
long exposure image showing a Perseids meteor (L) streaking across the night sky over St. Ioan medieval church near the village of Potsurnentsi, late on August 12, 2013.
long exposure image showing a Perseids meteor (L) streaking across the night sky over St. Ioan medieval church near the village of Potsurnentsi, late on August 12, 2013. Getty Images
A meteor (bottom right) streaks across the night sky on August 13, 2013 over the North Yorkshire Moors, United Kingdom. A commercial aircraft (bottom left) can also be seen as can the constellation of Pleiades (top).
A meteor (bottom right) streaks across the night sky on August 13, 2013 over the North Yorkshire Moors, United Kingdom. A commercial aircraft (bottom left) can also be seen as can the constellation of Pleiades (top). Getty Images
Perseid meteors streak across the sky on August 12, 2013 in Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.
Perseid meteors streak across the sky on August 12, 2013 in Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Getty Images
Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind and above a roadside silhouette of a Spanish fighting bull, conceived decades ago as highway billboards, in Villarejo de Salvanes, central Spain, 2013.
Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind and above a roadside silhouette of a Spanish fighting bull, conceived decades ago as highway billboards, in Villarejo de Salvanes, central Spain, 2013. AP Photo
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A photographer captures a stunning picture of the Perseid meteor shower which reached a peak on August 12, 2013 with up to 60 shooting stars an hour in the UK.
A photographer captures a stunning picture of the Perseid meteor shower which reached a peak on August 12, 2013 with up to 60 shooting stars an hour in the UK. AP Photo

The annual Perseid meteor shower put on quite a show in the heavens Sunday and Monday night.

The Perseid meteor shower happens every August when the Earth passes through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

READ MORE: Get ready for one of the year’s best meteor showers

The particles burn up as they slam into the Earth’s atmosphere—appearing as so-called shooting stars.

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