Space buffs share stunning images of Perseid meteor shower (PHOTOS) — RT Viral

The Perseid meteor shower dazzled star gazers over the skies of the northern hemisphere at the weekend. Many space enthusiasts took to social media to offer a glimpse of the celestial phenomenon.

Perseid lasts for over a month but peaked on Saturday night when those with their eyes to the sky were treated to a spectacular show. During peak times, up to 100 fireballs leave their mark, however briefly, on the atmosphere as they streak across the night sky.

The meteor shower’s cosmic dust occurs when Earth comes into contact with a cloud of space debris deposited in the vacuum by the Swift-Tuttle comet, which last flew by the sun 25 years ago.

Star gazers pointed their cameras toward the sky in a bid to catch some images of the Perseids.