The Perseid meteor shower in pictures

A selection of the best Perseid meteor shower images sent in by readers.

Perseid meteor Luke Hayes, Essex, 11 August 2016. Equipment: digital camera.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August, with activity usually peaking around the 12th or 13th of the month. Long summer nights are ideal for meteor shower-spotting, and the Perseids can often reach a zenithal hourly rate of 100.

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This is the number of meteors you might expect to see during peak activity from a dark location under perfect conditions, and so the actual number to be seen on a given night is likely to be less.

Nevertheless, the Perseids are certainly a highlight in the annual meteor shower calendar.

We’ve put together a selection of some of the best Perseid astrophotos sent in by readers over the years, as an example of what to expect if you go meteor-spotting in mid August.

If you do want to try and spot a Perseid meteor, or even take a photograph of one, read our guides below:

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