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Watch: Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

A girl lies in hammock as she looks at the milky way in Kozjak, Macedonia

Watch: Meteor shower lights up skies over Europe

A meteor shower lit up the skies above Europe and North America on Saturday and Sunday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye.

With a new moon providing an extra-dark backdrop to the spectacle, the shooting stars will be brighter than ever, according to astronomers.

"I think that everybody should see this," said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an international group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca.

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A meteor streaks over the skies over the cross near the Franciscan monastery in Prozor, BosniaReuters

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A meteor streaks across the skies over the Sand Pyramids during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower in the village of Miljevina near Foca, August 12, 2018.Reuters

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A man points his light at the Milky Way during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower at Mavrovo national park in Macedonia August 12, 2018.Reuters

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky next to the Cornieule of Tomeley standing stone during the annual Perseid meteor shower in La Forclaz, Switzerland, August 12, 2018.Reuters

The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every August, and are best viewed in the northern hemisphere in isolated areas where there is little light pollution.

They arise when the Earth passes through the debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above Lausanne and Lac Leman during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Grandvaux, Switzerland, August 10, 2018.Reuters

Meteors are parts of rock and dust that hit the Earth's atmosphere, heat up and glow. Most vaporise as they descend, but some explode.

"This year the moon is young and will not obstruct the vision, so we will be able to see 100 'shooting stars' an hour," Muhamed Muminovic, a member of the Sarajevo Orion astrological society, told Reuters.

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Meteors streak past stars in the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower in Premnitz, west of Berlin, GermanyReuters

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Clouds partially cover the night sky during the Perseids meteor shower in Berducedo, SpainReuters

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People watch as a meteor streaks past the Milky Way in the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower at Dwejra, MaltaReuters

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower in Premnitz, west of Berlin, GermanyReuters

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A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower in Grossmugl, Austria, August 10, 2018Reuters