Perseid meteor shower: Thousands share their pictures of 'BEAUTIFUL' shooting stars

Posted August 14, 2017

This year, the meteors peaked on Saturday August 12, although the spactacle has been most prominent all weekend.

Skies will clear off tonight, allowing us to see the Perseid Meteor Shower, which is at its peak. Every August, earthlings can see this celestial event, which displays one of the brightest shooting stars.

But experts have warned that with the moon at three-quarters full, it may make it harder this year to spot the meteors as they fly past.

Stargazers across the county were treated last night to an impressive meteor shower.

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Yorkshire had some of the best vantage pointsPerseid meteor shower seen over Normanton, West Yorkshire. This will mean most of the light your eyes take in will be from the moon and it will be harder to see the meteors streaking across the night sky. Every year, the Earth passes through this trail, and the debris passes through the upper atmosphere at 130,000 miles an hour, approximately. "The moonlight can create a haze and reduce the number of shooting stars you see".

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy said: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky". The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation. Peak viewing will be Saturday night through early Sunday morning.

Many scientists regard this as one of the most exciting astronomical occurrences of the year as around 80 meteors fall per hour.

Scagell also said that this phenomenon is absolutely bright and spectacular.