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A Perseid meteor flashes across the night sky on Aug. 12, Corfe Castle, UK. The Perseids meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, and appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the north eastern sky. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A meteor flashes across the night sky on Aug. 12, Corfe Castle, UK.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING.

Photos: The spectacular Perseid meteor showers that most of us missed last night

By Johnny Simon

Meteor showers lit up night skies across the world early this morning, Aug. 12.

An annual celestial treat, the Perseid meteors are formed when the Earth passes through a debris trail of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Unfortunately for many, light pollution and cloud cover on Earth can make it hard to see anything whizzing through the stars. But for those who managed to leave cities behind for clearer skies, last night was one of the year’s best natural light shows.

More meteors may also be seen on Aug. 12 and 13.

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The Perseid meteor shower above a roadside silhouette of a Spanish fighting bull, in Reduena, Spain on Aug. 12
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A view from Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel on Aug. 12, 2016.
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A view from Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel on Aug. 12, 2016.
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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above medieval tombstones in Radmilje near Stolac, south of Sarajevo on Aug. 12.
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A view of the Perseid meteor shower near the Guadarrama mountains, near Madrid, on Aug. 12
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The view from near Poznan Poland on Aug. 11.
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The sky above Fuerteventura Island southwest Spain on Aug. 12.
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A 30 second exposure of meteor streaks across the sky in Spruce Knob, West Virginia on Aug. 12.