Thousands of people managed to catch a massive light show of shooting stars zooming across the sky on Sunday night (August 11). Itâ€™s known as a meteor shower and it happens when tiny bits of dust burn up as they enter the Earthâ€™s atmosphere. It happens every year but it was a really good display this time because there was a new moon, making the sky darker and the meteors easy to see. The shower, called the Perseid meteor shower, carries on for two weeks. Experts reckoned that as many as 100 meteors an hour would have been visible when the sky was clearest and darkest.