Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky

Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky

The shower produces up to 150 meteors per hour, making it the "brightest shooting star" displays of the year.

A clear sky gave most parts of the United Kingdom an opportunity to spot the meteors, said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna. While this year's display of night sky fireworks may be slightly obscured by a particularly bright moon, star gazers can still expect to see dozens of stars streaking across our skies.

On this night, the moon will be around three-quarters full, making it trickier to spot the shower in the sky.

Clear skies meant many were able to watch the phenomenon which will also be visible on Sunday.

A meteor during the Perseid shower.

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To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night.

The stunning perseid showers fall every year between July and AugustWhat is the Perseid meteor shower? However, this was decisively debunked by NASA, saying that meteor shower enthusiasts, as always, have to wait for the sun to set in order to clearly see them.

"The Perseids in 2017 have been the opposite: performing as soon as it got dark and giving many their first glimpse of a meteor easily".

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular", said Mr Scagell.

Twitter astronomer @VirtualAstro said that reports of meteor viewings had come thick and fast as soon as the clouds had cleared after dark.

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