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Comet's Perseus meteor shower illuminates the sky in the United Kingdom


The annual Perseid meteor shower was captured on camera in Mizpe Ramon, Southern Israel (Photo: Reuters)

Stargazers all over the world went outside last night to see the dazzling effects of the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The shooting stars, which reach their peak every August, are made from debris from the comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle, which crosses the earth every 133 years.

Each short fragment creates a streak of light across the sky, with thousands of photographers capturing the effect of the film.

They are best seen from an area with a wide horizon and minimal light pollution, such as in a field or park.

The shower is considered one of the highlights of the celestial calendar, and last night was considered peak viewing time for the United Kingdom.

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Good view in Hungary (Photo: AP)
Meteors extend through the night sky over the ancient city of Aizanoi in Turkey (Photo: Getty Images)
The shower happens every August (Photo: European Southern Observatory)
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Other countries that turned out to be watching the lights included Hungary, Israel, Spain, Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

British author Heidi Swain waited until 2am to watch the rain in the UK, describing it as "so nice" online.

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While Twitter user Jennifer Street described her witnessing a soul from her back garden in Wales as "incredibly magical".

However, some space fans around the world were left disappointed as the meteors failed to make as dramatic an impact as before.

In the US, full moon changes the visibility of the soul, reducing the speed of meteors from over 60 per hour to 15-20 per hour, said a Nasa spokesman.

Viewers Watch 60 to 80 Meteors in Mesotimolos, Turkey (Photo: Getty Images)
The shower happens every year when the Earth passes through debris and dust from the Comet Swift-Tuttle (Photo: EPA)
It was seen in Radimlja near Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo: Reuters)
Not everywhere had the same good visibility (Photo: Reuters)

While in Mizpe Ramon, in the heart of the Negev Desert, Israel, about one meteor was falling per minute – far less than in previous years.

A family who traveled two and a half hours to watch the display told Reuters that their children had become "very impatient" with the show.

Professor Renan Barkana, head of astrophysics at Tel Aviv University, said that this year the shower was "not as intense" because of the smaller number of comets entering the atmosphere.

That's because Earth has gone through a rarer part of the comet's debris, he added.

In the UK, meteor shower peaked between midnight and 5am on 13 August, with Wales, central and southern England being considered the best views.

The Persians are still active until August 24, although astronomers say they will be less intense for the rest of the month.

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