Hundreds of shooting stars lit up the night sky as the annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak.
In the UK, star-gazers in the Midlands and the north had the best view of the shower, with little cloud cover and a new moon joining forces to create the ideal dark sky conditions to spot the meteors as they blazed a trail across the heavens.
Spectacular pictures show the shower in action.
Meteors consist of particles which can be as small as a grain of sand entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.
The Perseids meteor shower occurs ever year between July 17 and August 24 - and this year more than 100 meteors an hour were recorded as it reached its height overnight.
The Perseids could also be spotted around the world.
While heavy cloud meant those in the south and in Scotland had a restricted view, many people in central and northern England stayed up late to watch the spectacle, taking to Twitter to share their experiences.
The Perseids are known as one of the mos reliable regular meteor showers visible to the naked eye.
Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: