Over the last two nights, the annual Perseid meteor shower has once again rewarded stargazers around the world with some spectacular views. This picture shows a meteor streaking past stars over the El Torcal nature park reserve in the southern Spanish town of Antequera, near Malaga, on 13 August. Click through the images below for more. Reuters/Jon Nazca
A meteor speeds across the sky near Grazalema in southern Spain
The Perseid shower is caused by debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Every 133 years, the comet travels through the inner part of our Solar System, leaving behind a trail of dust and gravel. When our planet passes through this debris, specks hit the Earth's atmosphere at 140,000mph and disintegrate in flashes of light.
A meteor speeding through the sky above Nanning in China. The meteors are called the Perseids because they appear to fly out of the constellation Perseus
Grossmugl, Austria A meteor is seen travelling past stars in the night sky over Leeberg Hill in Grossmugl, some 30km north of Vienna. This picture was taken using a long exposure. Reuters/Lisi Niesner