Perseid meteor shower lights up night sky

Stars seen as streaks from a long camera exposure are seen behind Arnotegui Hermitage, in Obanos, northern Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

WASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — There was quite a show in the skies overnight.

The oldest meteor shower known to Earth — the Perseids — was vivid Wednesday night and peaked around 3 a.m. Thursday.

Photos: Perseid meteor shower 2015

A NASA expert says it’s because the moon is “almost new” — so there wasn’t any moonlight to “mess with the show.”

In areas where the weather is good, sky-watchers were able to see one shooting star a minute — no telescopes needed.

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