Magical pictures as Perseid Meteor Shower lights up sky
Amateur astronomers across the UK were treated to a natural firework display overnight, as the Perseid Meteor Shower reached its peak!
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky past the light trail of an aircraft over the Lovell Radio Telescope in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom. The Perseids are meteors seen around 12 August each year, and which appear to come from the direction of the constellation Perseus.
A view of Stonehenge during the annual Perseid meteor shower in the night sky in Salisbury Plain, southern England. These meteors are small dust particles from a dust belt known as the meteor stream. As the Earth passes through the stream, a large number of dust particles enter the atmosphere.
A Perseids meteor streaking across the night sky over St. Ioan medieval church near the village of Potsurnentsi, Bulgaria. As the Earth passes through the stream, a large number of dust particles enter the atmosphere.
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky in Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada. Travelling at 35- 90 km/s the meteors come up against air resistance which makes them light up, producing a bright trail!
A shooting star can be seen in the night sky over Sieversdorf, eastern Germany. At its peak, the Perseid shower has about one meteor per minute.
A meteor is seen over the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The best views this year were expected to be last night, with as many as 60 meteors an hour visible to the naked eye