Starstruck: Perseid meteor shower returns to night sky

A man points his light at the Milky Way during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower at Mavrovo national park in Macedonia

A meteor streaks through the sky past planet Mars and Milky Way during the Perseid meteor shower above the village of Gemersky Jablonec in Slovakia, Aug. 13, 2018. The spectacular sight occurs every August between the 12th and 13th and the peak time to see it was Sunday night.

Skywatchers across the Northern Hemisphere had the best views of the Perseid meteor shower, which produced around 60 to 70 "shooting stars" per hour over the weekend.

Plenty of meteors - including some fireballs - are visible over Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in this photo by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill.

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If you're hoping to see the galactic light show that is the Perseid meteor shower this time around, you just might be in luck, according to Ottawa's backyard astronomer, Gary Boyle.

People lie on the ground to watch the Perseid meteor shower as an airplane flies over the Al Qudra desert, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 12, 2018.

There are meteors or "shooting stars" in the sky on any given night, but the Perseids are something else, Boyle said.


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