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Cosmic Fireworks: Perseid Meteor Shower 2015: Photos

While passing through the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, our atmosphere was pummeled by the dusty debris, producing some spectacular meteors and even fireballs. Here are a few international views of this spectacular annual event.

Last night (Aug. 12/13), the Perseid meteor shower peaked, putting on a show for planet Earth. While passing through the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, our atmosphere was pummeled by the dusty debris, producing some spectacular meteors and even fireballs. Here are a few international views of this spectacular annual event. In the run-up to last night's peak, in the skies over Joshua Tree National Park, near Los Angeles, Calif., photographer and Discovery News reader Sean Parker captured several meteors over a 60 minute timelapse, composed of 180 photos. Looking north, the startrails form a circle with the occasional meteor cutting through. You can check out more of Parker's timelapse and astro-photography on his Facebook page.

The skies over California weren't all as peaceful as Joshua Tree, however. In this long-exposure photograph from the town of Clearlake, which is located north of San Francisco, photographer Stuart Palley captured this dramatic view of a Perseid meteor flash across the sky over the Jerusalem Fire which has burned tens of thousands of acres of land in Lake and Napa Counties. California is currently undergoing a historic drought, creating the perfect conditions for wildfires across the state.

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Photographer Robert Raia captures a Perseid falling in the direction of the Milky Way over New Jersey.

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John Entwistle (@jme1169) also spotted an impressive Perseid flash alongside the Milky Way over Jersey Shore, New Jersey.

While waiting for a Perseid meteor, this astronomer in Bulgaria uses a red light so not to interrupt his night-sensitive eyes.

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A lovely Perseid meteor emerges from the city glow over Wokington, Cumbria, UK, as photographed by Twitter user @mckeatingphoto.

Clear skies in Bulgaria aided not only the viewing of the Perseids, but also an object of man-made origin. This streak is neither a meteor or aircraft, that's the International Space Station making a bright pass over the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

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Twitter user @SBUX75DEVILDOG photographed a Perseid fall in the skies over Bristol, Conn.

Meanwhile, in Germany, a meteor streaks over the Pilsum Lighthouse in the town of Pilsum. The band of stars stretching overhead is the Milky Way.

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Also in the clear skies over Pilsum, Germany a meteor flashes over windmills near the Pilsum Lighthouse.

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A bright fireball shines blue in the Pilsum, Germany, skies. Fireballs are larger meteors that can be seen to erupt as they speed through the atmosphere. Sometimes, depending on their size and speed, a fireball "bang" can be heard on the ground.

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In the Kaijiang County of Dazhou, southwest China's Sichuan Province, a Perseid meteor is seen erupting in starry skies.

Although most of southern Britain was hindered by cloudy skies, skywatchers in Patching, West Sussex, managed to catch a glimpse of the Perseids.

A faint, low Perseid as seen near Oakdale, Calif., is obscured by light pollution by a nearby town.

A meteor erupts over the Maculje archaeological site near Novi Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A Perseid over a windmill farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.