Stargazers all over the world were out in force last night to witness a shower of meteorites that passed close enough to the Earth's atmosphere to be viewed with the naked eye.
The Perseid meteor shower was best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere, but even Australians with good eyesight were able to catch a glance at the spectacle as it passed out into deep space again.
Next month, however, an even more exciting event is due to take place when the notorious but little-seen Goulden Shower makes one of its rare appearances.
Something of a myth, the Goulden Shower was named after Dr William Goulden who, in the early 18th century, led an expedition to Polynesia in search of mystical women who "knew how to show a man a good time".
Dr Goulden's party was captured and drugged by natives, and subjected to "torture" in various forms. Goulden remembers looking up at the stars in a drug-induced state, and witnessing a shower of meteorites which, when he eventually regained full conciousness and returned to civilisation, were named after him.
The 'meteorites' should be visible from around September 3rd - if you're lucky - but scientists warn amateur astronomers to watch from indoors if the weather is wet.