<p><strong>A flurry of meteors fills the starry skies above a lupine meadow and Mount Hood in Oregon on August 11.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">This year's Perseid shower produced an exceptionally high rate of meteors, with the bright moon out of the sky during peak nights.</p><p dir="ltr">Observation reports from around the world suggested as many as 70 to 80 shooting stars per hour could be seen from dark locations away from city lights. (Related: "<a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/pictures/130814-perseid-meteor-shower-pictures-space-photography-astronomy-your-shot/">Your Best Photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower</a>.")</p><p dir="ltr"><em>—Andrew Fazekas</em></p>

Meteoric Meadow

A flurry of meteors fills the starry skies above a lupine meadow and Mount Hood in Oregon on August 11.

This year's Perseid shower produced an exceptionally high rate of meteors, with the bright moon out of the sky during peak nights.

Observation reports from around the world suggested as many as 70 to 80 shooting stars per hour could be seen from dark locations away from city lights. (Related: "Your Best Photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower.")

—Andrew Fazekas

Photograph by Leif Smith, National Geographic Your Shot

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