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Watch as meteors roll across the sky

The Perseid Meteor Shower reached its zenith Thursday night.


August 12, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
The Perseid Meteor Shower has happened annually for at least the last 2,000 years.The Perseid Meteor Shower has happened annually for at least the last 2,000 years.Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
August 12, 2016 | Latest Photo

That illuminated speck in the distance, witnessed over the Mediterranean skies in Israel in the photo above, was just one of the many meteors created by the Perseid Meteor Shower that streaked across the sky Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Perseid Meteor Shower, which has been witnessed annually by human eyes for at least the last 2,000 years, happens when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. As the specks of dust disintegrate, they create the extraordinary streaks of light.

Last night was the culmination of the weeklong event, with up to 200 meteors lighting up the sky each hour all around the globe.

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