Perseids meteor shower revealed in stunning new photos

The Perseid meteor shower arrived this weekend, stunning stargazers around the world as more than 70 shooting stars flashed across the night sky every hour.

Known as the ‘fiery tears of Saint Lawrence’, the celestial showcase takes place each year when the Earth ploughs through the galactic debris left discarded by the passing of the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

People both north and south of the equator were able to watch and photograph the stunning celestial showcase this weekend, and will enjoy one final opportunity to see the Perseids tonight.

Those in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views of the display, with stellar views expected across the United States, Europe, and Canada.

With a slice of good fortune and clear skies, people looking skyward in Mexico and Central America, Asia, much of Africa, and parts of South America may also be able to catch a glimpse of the occasional meteor.

Those south of the equator will catch the tail-end of the meteor shower, since the vast majority of the event will take place below the horizon, diminishing the impact of the phenomenon.

Nasa says the meteor shower reached its peak earlier in the weekend between 4 pm ET (9 pm BST) on Sunday 12th until 4 am (9 am BST) this morning. However, the event will continue tonight.

Although the number of shooting stars etched across the night sky will be somewhat diminished, this evening will provide people around the world a chance to see the spectacular annual event unfold.

Stray shooting stars will be visible until August 24, but these will be much harder to spot as the majority of the meteors will have already passed.

This year sees the event coincides with the new moon phase of the lunar cycle, which sees the moon emanating almost no light at all – creating perfect conditions in the sky for stargazing.