Stargazers capture stunning shots of Perseid meteor shower over Norfolk

Perseid meteor shower captured in Horsey. Picture Ben Gadsby-Williams.

Perseid meteor shower captured in Horsey. Picture Ben Gadsby-Williams. - Credit: Archant

Stunning photographs have captured the Perseid meteor shower that has been delighting stargazers across Norfolk.

Perseid meteor shower captured in Happisburgh. Picture Photos of Norfolk.

Perseid meteor shower captured in Happisburgh. Picture Photos of Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

The annual spectacle reached its peak this weekend, when there was a darker sky than usual, making the shower clearer to see.

Ben Gadsby-Williams captured a stunning photo of the shower as it shot across the Horsey sky and there was also similar images from Happisburgh.

The Perseid meteor shower takes place each year through July and August and is the result of particles falling from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun every 133 years and was first seen in 1862.

The trail of particles forms meteors, or shooting stars as they are also known, which heat up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere creating tails of light across the sky. These specific meteors travel at a speed of 132,000 miles per hour and are called Perseids due to the way in which they appear to streak away from the Perseus Constellation.


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The Met Office advises that the best time to see the shooting stars is 'late evening and into the hours before dawn'.

•The Perseid meteor shower began on July 17 and is set to continue until August 24.

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