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Photographer explains extraordinary picture

The man who took the photograph of the meteors shooting through the bottom of a photo with the stars explains he his image.

Mark Humpage took his picture earlier this week near Lutterworth in the East Midlands.

I captured this start rail from last night's Perseid watch. It caught approx 12 or so Perseids, although you have to look closely due to wide angle.

This image comprises over 2000 10s exposures taken over the skies in East Midlands (Nr Lutterworth).

The 2000 images have been stacked in software to produce this composite.

What you are seeing is the effect of Earths rotation over 4/5 hrs made visible by the star-trail.

– Mark Humpage, photographer

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Top tips for seeing meteor shower

Tonight is the night to get a glimpse of the Perseids meteor shower where (at best) you'll see 50 -60 shooting stars.

Perseids meteor showers appear to originate from within the constellation of Perseus. Credit: NASA

South Wales will probably get the best views, but in our region the skies will be clearest in the East Midlands.

Here are some other top tips for successfully viewing the Perseids meteor shower.

  1. Look in a north-westerly direction.
  1. Optimal time is midnight tonight, but could see meteors up until 6am.
  1. Watch in the dark or even better get out to the countryside where you have an unobstructed view of the sky and where there is no street lighting.
  1. The best vantage point is from higher levels.
  1. If you have an SLR camera point it to the sky and leave it on a long exposure. If you get a good shot send it to centralweather@itv.com
  1. Emma Jesson

Meteor shower: What will we see?

Perseids meteor showers appear to originate from within the constellation of Perseus. Credit: NASA/JPL

Central and eastern parts of the region are most likely to get a glimpse of the meteor shower tonight. But what will we actually be looking at?

If you do find a clear spell, you will see a show of shooting stars as comet dust burns up in the atmosphere.Those dust grains are the trail of debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which circles the sun once every 133 years.

The meteors owe their brilliance to the speed with which they crash into the upper atmosphere - nearly 134,000 mph - and their size. The dust grains are about one-fifth of an inch across and therefore burn nicely overhead.

The Perseids take their name from their apparent origin in the constellation Perseus who, according to ancient Greek myth, was born from a shower of heavenly gold.

From northerly latitudes, on a clear night, you often see 50 or more meteors per hour, about three times more meteors than if you were viewing from the Southern Hemisphere

Send us your pictures of the meteor tonight to centralweather@itv.com

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