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Lindsey Campbell
August 12, 2016

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaked in the early morning hours on Friday, giving viewers quite a showing.

Astronomers expected the frequency of meteors this year to be twice the normal rate, with as many as 200 per hour (though how many we can see depends on our location and relative light pollution).

The Perseids are a result of the Swift-Tuttle comet, identified by Giovanni Schiaparelli as the meteor shower's source in 1865. They are named after the constellation Perseus, the point in the sky where the meteors appear to come from.

Miss the show? Don’t worry you may still be able to catch a few remaining meteors in the coming nights. And remember, the darker your surroundings the better.

Here, take a look at some of the best shots from around the globe:

[View the story "12 Breathtaking Shots of Last Night's Perseid Meteor Shower" on Storify]

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