After the wonder of the Olympic Games we move to the wonder of Mother Nature. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above Lake Geneva and the Mont-Blanc at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher, north of Geneva. DENIS BALIBOUSE/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above medieval tombstones in Radmilje near Stolac. DADO RUVIC/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above medieval tombstones in Radmilje near Stolac. DADO RUVIC/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over over El Torcal nature park reserve in Antequera. JON NAZCA/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

People wake up after observing meteors streaking past stars in the night sky over El Torcal nature park reserve in the southern Spanish town of Antequera. JON NAZCA/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Sierra de las Nieves nature park and biosphere reserve in the southern Spanish town of Ronda, near Malaga. JON NAZCA/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over the village of Kuklici, known for its hundreds of naturally formed stones which resembles human beings, near Kratovo. OGNEN TEOFILOVSKI/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

People watch the annual Perseid meteor shower in Mitzpe Ramon. AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A long exposure shows stars behind a tree during the annual Perseid meteor shower near Mitzpe Ramon. AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over Stonehenge in Salisbury Plain. Kieran Doherty /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The lights of an approaching plane are pictured as a meteor streaks past stars in the night sky, on the outskirts of Cancun. Gerardo Garcia /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A man with binoculars observes the moon during the Perseid meteor shower in the night sky over over El Torcal nature park reserve in Antequera. Jon Nazca /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky over the village of Kuklici. Ognen Teofilovski /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

NASA handout image that was tweeted by astronaut Ron Garan from the International Space Station. Ho New /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, late August 12, 2009. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This picture was taken using a long exposure and a fisheye lens. Denis Balibouse /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

Meteors, streaking past stars, light the night sky over a Bedouin tent near Amman, in the early hours of August 12, 2004. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, and was clearly visible to the naked eye in several parts of the Middle East and Asia. Ali Jarekji /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

Jordanians look at the desert sky during the Leonid meteor shower, near Amman, in the early hours of August 12, 2004. Meteors are the debris left in the wake of a passing comet infiltrating the Earth's atmosphere. Ali Jarekji /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

Stars outnumber Leonid meteors lighting up the night sky of the desert near Amman, in the early hours of August 12, 2002 at the height of a
meteor storm that was clearly visible to the naked eye in several parts of the Middle East and Asia. Meteors are the debris left in the wake of a passing comet infiltrating the Earth's atmosphere.The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when Earth passes through a stream of space grit left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. (Picture taken with 400 ASA film with 10 minutes exposure.) Reuters Photographer /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A Perseid meteor streaks above the skies of Palm Beach Gardens. DOUG MURRAY /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A Perseid meteor (top) and the trail of an jet airplane converge over the cliff walls of Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas, Nevada August 11, 2009. The annual show of Perseid meteor shower is caused from bits of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Picture taken August 11, 2009. David Becker /REUTERS

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A meteor (C) streaks past stars in the night sky at the Mont-Tendre near Montricher in the Jura, north of Geneva, late August 12, 2009. The Perseid meteor shower is sparked every August when the Earth passes through a stream of space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This picture was taken using a long exposure and a fisheye lens. The small line on the right side is an airplane. Denis Balibouse /REUTERS

Aug 14, 2012