2013 Perseid meteor shower photos from Flickr

Starting in early August and peaking this past weekend, Perseid meteors streaked across skies around the world. As up to 100 meteors an hour lit up the night sky, Flickr photographers captured the annual celestial event.

Yahoo! found the best images and built a stunning gallery featuring some of the photos it received in its Yahoo! News "Your Photos" group.

The Perseids, named for the constellation Perseus from which the meteors appear to emerge, arrive when Earth passes through debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. 

Perseid fireball above city light

Photo by Jeff Dai, taken Aug. 11, 2013

IMG_9181 meteor

Photo by Maryann Hazel, taken Aug. 11, 2013

Perseid Meteor over an Ancient Bristlecone Pine

Photo by Kenneth Brandon, taken Aug. 11, 2013

11 Perseid Meteors

Photo by Matt Molloy, taken Aug. 11, 2013

Perseid meteor shower with milkyway

Photo by Matthew king, taken Aug. 11, 2013


Photo by Bjarne Winkler, taken Aug. 10, 2013

Prelude to the Perseids

Photo by Bill Bowman, taken Aug. 10, 2013

The Perseid meteor shower #224/365

Photo by Andrius Aleksandravičius, taken Aug. 12, 2013

Perseid fireball

Photo by Sergio Garcia Rill, taken Aug. 11, 2013

Perseids 2

Photo by Alan Soper, taken Aug. 11, 2013