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Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend

14 August 2017

The shower occurs between July 17 and August 20 each year.

Stargazers were given a treat on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday as the Perseid meteor shower dazzled the sky.

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

On Sunday, astronomy enthusiasts were treated to the Perseid meteor shower. Year 1993, witnessed the best Perseid performance with a shower of 300 meteors per hour. The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation.

Yorkshire had some of the best vantage pointsPerseid meteor shower seen over Normanton, West Yorkshire.

A meteor during the Perseid shower
A meteor during the Perseid shower

The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky. In general, the Perseid meteor showers have 80 meteors an hour. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", Scagell said.

It's said to be happening over the next two nights also so have a look and enjoy!

The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years.

But most of the meteors in the Perseids are much too small for that: they're about the size of a grain of sand.

The display peaked in the United Kingdom on Saturday and into Sunday, but can be seen all around the world.

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Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend