Earlier tonight, the sky was beautifully dramatic even without bits of meteor debris swirling about. These views were taken from our back porch.
This event occurs annually in mid-August when Earth travels through a region of the solar system swarming with debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The shower is named after the constellation Perseus, since that is the point in the night sky from which the meteorites appear to originate.
While these bits of debris is about the size of a dime, the intense friction created when they fly through gas surrounding Earth makes them burn bright enough to be visible from the ground.
Did anyone stay awake to catch this event?