Perseid meteor shower 2017

Phillip Butler
August 14, 2017

Stargazers had a treat in the early hours as the Perseid meteor shower lit up the sky. Not only that, they burn up as they hit the atmosphere at 58 kilometres per second which gives off a shooting stream of light in the sky.

Although the annual Perseid meteor shower peaked in intensity on August 12, it can still be visible until August 24. Experts say that next year looks to be better because the meteor shower will coincide will a new moon.

However, the meteor shower was visible in some part of the world.

Earth passes through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from 17 July to 24 August with the shower's peak - when Earth passes through the densest, dustiest area - occurring on 12 August. They are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction.

Though skies look dry and clear, you'll be fighting the light of a Waning Gibbous moon.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular". Last night was the peak time, but due to cloud cover and fog developing, you could not see much.

It is said to be one of the most breathtaking showstoppers with up to 100 shooting stars every hour.

Thousands took to social media to share their pictures of the the shooting stars and their thoughts about the occasion as the meteors fell over the United Kingdom earlier today. As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits.

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