You earthlings might have had some pretty spectacular views of the 2011 Perseid meteor shower, but astronomers in space got some magnificent views.

During its peak Friday, NASA astronaut Ron Garan captured these photographs of the Perseid and posted them on Twitter ... from space, while aboard the International Space Station, or ISS. In one of the photographs you can see a shooting star during the Perseid meteor shower.

Think that's cool? How about seeing lightning during the Perseid meteor shower? Garan captured that, too. And that's all below, plus more of what was seen here on Earth.

More About the Perseids

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that have been observed for at least 2,000 years. They are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years, according to NASA. Every August, the Earth passes through a cloud of the comet's debris and these bits of ice and dust — most more than 1,000 years old — burn up in the Earth's atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year.

The Perseids can be seen all over the sky, but the best viewing is from the Northern Hemisphere.

NASA said people with sharp eyes will see that the meteors radiate from the direction of the constellation Perseus.