The annual event usually begins around October 2, picking up steam towards the middle of the month and petering out as we head into November.
The Perseids are the result of debris being released from the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle as it speeds past the Earth in its orbit around the sun.
The meteor was what NASA calls an "Earth grazer," and it was not common.
Hundreds of people in Florida and Cuba witnessed the phenomenon.
Over 450 people across the East Coast reported seeing the meteor on Wednesday morning.
More than 600 reports were filed with the American Meteor Society about the fireball over the weekend.
Events like these occur dozens of times each year. Why was this one special?
The meteor was part of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower.
Witnesses from Massachusetts to Maine reported seeing a colorful glow in the sky.
The secret is in the structure of asteroids, which look surprisingly like Swiss cheese.
The satellite's rocket may have faltered, sources speculated.
What if humans could take over meteor showers and make them perfect Instagram fodder?
The astronaut made a wish and you should too.