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Perseids Meteor Shower 2015 Pictures Show Hundreds Of Spectacular Shooting Stars Lighting Up The Skies

13/08/2015 08:39 BST | Updated 13/08/2015 09:59 BST

A spectacular meteor shower lit up the skies on Wednesday night creating an "absolutely amazing" display.

Hundreds of shooting stars filled the skies as the annual Perseids meteor shower peaked.

Stargazers in the north of the country had the best view of the meteors as cloud cover meant visibility was limited across southern England and Scotland.

This year's Perseids coincided with a new moon, creating ideal dark conditions, and were also briefly joined overhead by the International Space Station (ISS).

The meteor shower occurs annually between July 17 and August 24.

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Perseids Meteor Shower 2015

The meteors reached their peak on Wednesday and Thursday night when more than 100 meteors an hour were produced.

People shared their delight at the display, which could be seen across the world, including parts of America, Spain, Bulgaria and Bosnia.

Members of Birmingham Astronomical Society were among those who had readied themselves to take advantage of the region's clear skies.

The International Space Station, which orbits earth every 90 minutes, was expected to be visible for four minutes from 10.28pm on Wednesday.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "The thing about shooting stars is they're a wonderful free spectacle we can all enjoy, assuming clear skies.

"The Perseids are usually fairly bright. Also, they tend to leave a trail, or train, behind them. You can see the train hanging there glowing in the sky for a few seconds - sometimes for several minutes - after the meteor has gone."

Meteors are the result of particles as small as a grain of sand entering the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and burning up.

They can appear anywhere but seem to emerge from a single point, or "radiant". The Perseid's radiant is in the north-east constellation of Perseus.

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