12 dazzling photos of Perseid meteor shower

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A falling star crosses the night sky behind the lighthouse in Pilsum, northwestern Germany, during the peak in activity of the annual Perseids meteor shower on August 13, 2015. The Perseids meteor shower occurs every year when the Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. (Photo credit MATTHIAS BALK/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO – The Perseids comes around every year, but the meteor show was especially spectacular this year due to the new moon.

The lack of moonlight offered Perseid meteor shower enthusiasts a clear, dark night sky when it peaked Wednesday night.

Here’s a collection of pictures taken from around the world:

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