Last night we went out to the base of Mt. Laguna to watch the Perseid meteor shower. We stayed until a little after midnight and although the best of the shower was supposed to occur in the early morning, we still got to see several streak across the sky. I've seen "shooting stars" before, but they've always been tiny ones. Last night we saw ones that trailed flaming debris behind them like something out of Walt Disney animated movie. It was great.
I did a search of YouTube and found this outstanding movie a guy made with his night vision camera from a previous Perseid encounter. It gives you an idea of what it was like last night. He has edited his video so the streaks are one right after the other. For us, they were separated by anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.