The final meteor shower of 2012 came in the form of the Geminid meteor shower, following other annual meteor showers such as Perseid (seen above) near the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon August 13, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Amir Cohen )
The Perseid meteor shower should still be visible on the night of Monday, August 13, and the early hours of Tuesday, August 14.
The meteor show has been viewable in various countries all over the world including European countries such as Hungary and Spain as well as countries like USA and Canada and people have been actively posting their pictures online and uploading their videos on YouTube.
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The annual event was met with such amazement by people all over the world that it sparked NASA to provide live streaming of the event via UStream.
Although Earth has travelled past the point in space where the meteor shower normally peaks, the International Meteor Organization (IMO) says that meteors should still be visible tonight but less frequently than to Saturday or Sunday. At its peak, the meteor shower displayed at least 40 to 100 'shooting stars' per hour, but as Earth moves away from the cloud of ice and dust left by the comet known as Swift-Tuttle, these night lights will become more rare.
The Perseid meteor shower takes place annually in late July and early August and has been observed by humans for over 2,000 years.
As Earth comes into contact with the stream pr cloud, the debris slams into the planet's atmosphere at about 130,000 miles per hour. The speed of the impact is so fast that the debris burns, creating the visible Perseid meteor shower.
According to the Examiner, the buzz for the latest shower was so high that NASA developed an App for the Android and iPhones to help sky watchers count meteors and report the results to NASA. The app was called the "Meteor Counter" and was available for free on the relevant App Stores.
Meteor Shower Schedule
Best times to observe the meteor shower fall between 2:00 a.m. and dawn, local time.
Below are some videos of some of the highlights of the Perseid meteor shower.
For more information on the Perseid meteor shower, click HERE.