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.

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower above a roadside silhouette of a Spanish fighting bull, in Reduena, Spain on Aug. 12

Perseid Meteor Shower

A view from Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel on Aug. 12, 2016.

Perseid Meteor Shower

A view from Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel on Aug. 12, 2016.

Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above medieval tombstones in Radmilje near Stolac, south of Sarajevo on Aug. 12.

Spain Perseid Meteor Shower

A view of the Perseid meteor shower near the Guadarrama mountains, near Madrid, on Aug. 12

Perseid Meteor Shower

The view from near Poznan Poland on Aug. 11.

Perseid Meteor Shower

The sky above Fuerteventura Island southwest Spain on Aug. 12.

A 30 second exposure of meteor streaks across the sky in Spruce Knob, West Virginia.

A 30 second exposure of meteor streaks across the sky in Spruce Knob, West Virginia on Aug. 12.

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