Perseid meteor shower 2017 - when and where to watch in the UK

  • Perseid meteor shower 2017 - when and where to watch in the UK

Perseid meteor shower 2017 - when and where to watch in the UK

The Perseids were visible in all parts of the sky from midnight until around 4am.

There were lovely scenes in the sky last night, as hundreds of shooting stars rained down in the Perseid meteor shower.

The clouds cleared across many areas of the United Kingdom to give astronomy fans a glimpse of the stunning shower, and the stunning spectacle was also visible across Europe.

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.

When does the Perseid meteor shower peak?

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.

2016 was an outburst year, which meant Brits could spot as many as 300 shooting stars an hour.

"The Perseids in 2017 have been the opposite: performing as soon as it got dark and giving many their first glimpse of a meteor easily". In dark skies away from city lights you may see up to 40-50 meteors per hour.

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

NASA's meteor expert, Bill Cooke, says the Perseids "can be the warm-up act".

STARGAZERS had their eyes and lenses pointed skywards last night as meteors rained down over Dorset. "The moonlight can create a haze and reduce the number of shooting stars you see". None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.