08/13/2010 11:01 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Perseid Meteor Shower 2010 (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

Beginning in late July and running into mid-August every year, the Perseid meteor shower peaked early Friday morning.

Observers were dazzled with a fantastic light show, but those who missed it can still catch the meteors in action Friday night into early Saturday morning, especially visible to those in dark rural areas free of excess light pollution.

Space.com reports that the annual Perseid meteor shower is a glimpse of ancient debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, left behind after multiple orbits around the sun. The event derives its name from the Perseus constellation, which is the origin point from which the meteors appear to come from.

Check out a time lapse video and photos of the Perseid meteor shower below, and VOTE for your favorite!

Perseids Meteor Shower 2010