Perseid meteor shower 2023 lights up the sky in these gorgeous reader photos (gallery)

 A figure sitting next to a campfire points up at a starry sky, streaked with shooting stars.
A composite image of meteors, falling in their originally photographed direction. (Image credit: Nick Boris)

This year's Perseid meteor shower has amazed star gazers around the globe, and readers have grabbed their cameras to capture the cosmic phenomenon in all its magnificence.

Earth passes through the debris cloud left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which causes the annual light show. The peak of this year's meteor shower coincided with a much more dimly lit moon compared to last year, when the full moon significantly decreased visibility. This year, the result has been a vibrant display of shooting stars for anyone searching them out.

If you haven't seen the Perseids yet, don't worry. Even though we're past the peak, Earth will still be floating through pockets of space dust until about August 24.

Related: Perseid meteor shower 2023 thrills stargazers around the world. See their amazing photos.

In the photograph below, photographer John Turner captures the Perseid against a rising crescent moon from Franklin, North Carolina, in the eastern United States. 

Moonrise during the Perseid meteor shower in Franklin, NC, Aug. 13, 2023. (Image credit: John Turner)

A short night hike on August 13 to an eastward facing observation points high in the mountains gave me the once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of this beauty. This was my first time with astrophotography. I’ll always consider the view I was given a gift from the very universe I was allowed to image with the camera.

John Turner

In his own words, "facing north/northeast the red moonrise gave a solar clue that sunrise wasn’t far behind. My excitement with the shutter release captured 6 or 7 Perseid meteor streaks traveling in different directions within the twinkling starfield background in a single six second exposure."

Turning his camera east/southeastward, Turner was also able to capture this shooting star above the mountain ridge.

A single bright meteor streak headed for the distant mountain ridge in Franklin, NC, Aug. 13, 2023. (Image credit: John Turner)

According to photographer Michele Aucello, who shot this boat near Glen Haven, Michigan on Aug. 12, the name of this photograph is "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." The boat stands next to some trees, with the bright green and white streak of a meteor falling in the sky above.

Perseid meteor shower from Glen Haven, MI, Aug. 10, 2023. (Image credit: Michele Aucello)

Aucello also pointed her camera toward a barn in Glen Haven, capturing meteor streaks above the dimly lit white building.

Perseid meteor shower from Glen Haven, MI, Aug. 10, 2023. (Image credit: Michele Aucello)

Another, of the same barn, highlights the brilliant Milky Way in the night sky, riddled with stars.

Perseid meteor shower from Glen Haven, MI, Aug. 10, 2023. (Image credit: Michele Aucello)

This stunning view of the Milky Way was taken by Jon Bertsch on Aug. 12, north of Truckee, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He says, "there's always a sense of awe when you can watch meteors streak across the sky and view the Milky Way. We were lucky this year with the moon rising in the early morning so that the skies were dark enough to enjoy the show. I love spending a few hours under the stars and getting away from the city lights."

The Milky Way protrudes from the horizon next to a streaking meteor, Aug. 12, 2023. (Image credit: Joh Bertsch)

Capturing the stars' beauty in another part of the world, Fotis Mavroudakis shot this image on Aug. 13, from the mountains of Drama, in northern Greece. 

Perseid meteor shower above the mountains of Drama, a city in northern Greece.  (Image credit: Fotis Mavroudakis)

"I dedicated several hours to capturing the celestial spectacle," Mavroudakis told 

"The clear night conditions allowed me to create an image that not only highlights the meteor's brilliance but also showcases the grandeur of the cosmos. The meteor's vibrant trail and the tranquil expanse of the night sky combine to create a sense of wonder and fascination."

Submissions from photographer Nick Boris took extra dedication on his part. As Boris told, "I spent 24 hours being wide awake as I photographed over 70 meteors and built this composite of 45 meteors collected Saturday evening [August 12] into the morning."

Nick Boris sits next to a campfire, pointing up a the Perseid meteor shower, Aug. 12, 2023. (Image credit: Nick Boris)

Another from Boris features a total of 45 meteors falling through the sky, in a composite he made with a piece of driftwood in the foreground.

Perseid meteor shower, Aug. 12, 2023. (Image credit: Nick Boris)

This photo, shot further away than his previous images, shows Boris standing next to his campfire, gazing above the trees at the streaks of stars falling in the sky.

Perseid meteor shower, Aug. 12, 2023. (Image credit: Nick Boris)

The Paul and Jane Meyer Observatory in Clifton, Texas, was the perfect place for photographer Melanie Illich to set up her tripod. 

"I watched the meteor shower while laying on a blanket," she told "As it unfolded I was in awe of the experience I was getting to experience something so special that many people aren’t aware of it. You realize we are a tiny part of an incredible universe."

A Perseid meteor streaks above the tops of dark trees at the Paul and Jane Meyer Observatory in Clifton, Texas. (Image credit: Melanie Illich)

Placing the observatory in the frame, Illich managed to capture another meteor, and perhaps something extra as well. 

"I believe [this photo] also shows the Hartley Comet next to the meteor," she says.

A Perseid meteor streaks above the Paul and Jane Meyer Observatory in Clifton, Texas. (Image credit: Melanie Illich)

The Perseids will be around until around the end of the third week of August. So, there's still time to go out and capture your own photographs of the meteor shower. Check out's best cameras for astrophotography and our how to photograph a meteor shower guide for some tips and advice. 

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