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Meteor shower lights up Welsh skies

This picture was taken at the Lower Neuadd Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons - which is recognised as a good location for stargazing. Credit: Richard Jones - MLA Photography

Stargazers in Wales were delighted by the "natural firework display" of the Perseids meteor shower last night.

Meteors - often known as shooting stars - appeared as a result of material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseids meteor shower is an annual event, between mid-July and mid-August, but last night was expected to be particularly good, with as many as 60 meteors an hour visible to the naked eye.

A zoomed-in version of the photograph, taken at 1.20am, shows a green-tailed meteor. Credit: Richard Jones - MLA Photography

Do you have a photograph of the Perseids meteor show, as seen from Wales, last night?

Please email: wales@itv.com

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Stargazers marvel at Perseids meteor shower

A shooting star seen from West Sussex last night Credit: Twitter: Paul Williams @pcwilliams

Thousands across the UK marvelled at Perseids meteor shower last night, with as many as 60 meteors an hour visible to the naked eye.

A meteor seen during the Perseids meteor shower over the Cotswold Water Park Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The moon last night was in a waxing crescent, meaning its light did not significantly interfere with the view, the Royal Astronomical Society said.

A meteor is seen during the Perseids meteor shower over the one of the stones of the Avebury's Neolithic henge monument in Wiltshire. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Clear skies over central and southern England, southern Scotland and south east Wales meant that this year's spectacle was enjoyed across many parts of the UK.

The shower is visible every year, however many stargazers reported that the views last night were the best for many years.

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