'Impressive' Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

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'Impressive' Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

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

The Perseid meteor shower was seen over parts of the United Kingdom last night, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot dozens of shooting stars in the sky.

Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in 2017 the Perseids were a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which is three-quarters full, leaving some 40 to 50 per hour being visible.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the Perseids may be the most popular meteor shower of the year, according to Space.com.

Did you take some pictures of last night's meteor shower that you can send us?

It's made up of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet and happens every August.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus.

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862. In general, the Perseid meteor showers have 80 meteors an hour.

"This year the moon will drown out the faint stars so instead of seeing one or two shooting stars every minute, you might only see half of this".

When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

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

The peak time to watch the light show is around 10 p.m. on Saturday night, but it's expected to illuminate the sky Sunday night as well.

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