Meteor shower visible this weekend

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The Perseid meteor shower had its peak time on Saturday night.

"Usually in the United Kingdom we are either clouded out or suffer the ill effects of the Moon on meteor showers, and they usually end in disappointment", he said.

The term peak is used to describe the moment where the meteors are most visible in the sky.

Shed from the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the annual show brings the brightest shooting stars we see in the United Kingdom and this August didn't disappoint.

Interpretive Park Ranger Breanna Corp at Whiskeytown National Recreation Center said this is one of the biggest meteor showers of the year.

Yorkshire had some of the best vantage pointsPerseid meteor shower seen over Normanton, West Yorkshire.

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"For the next few days you could expect to see some - but decreasing numbers". The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation. The particles - which can be as small as a grain of sand - meet a fiery end after roughly a thousand years, as part of the comet's dust cloud.

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday".

These factors could be caused by the weather, or too much brightness from the moon - which is said to be the event's biggest hurdle since it has been full since August 7, and will likely emanate enough light that may outshine the meteor's luster in the night sky.

Although there are many meteorological events throughout the year, the Perseids is the most prolific.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, added that: "The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".