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The Royal Astronomical Society believes 2013 could be the year up to 60 shooting stars an hour fall from UK skies thanks to the annual Perseids meteor shower.
A powerful meteor shower is expected to light up British skies tonight with "a natural firework display", astronomy experts have predicted.
The meteors can be seen by the naked eye and are the result of material falling from the tail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Professor Alan Fitzsimmons of Queen's University Belfast explained: "Comet Swift-Tuttle won't be visiting our neck of the woods again until the year 2125, but every year we get this beautiful reminder as the Earth ploughs through the debris it leaves in its orbit."
Concert-goers in northern Argentina have been treated to a light show with a difference. A suspected meteor lit up the night sky in Salta, as the folk music band Los Tekis performed at an outdoor venue.
Amateur video filmed at the concert shows the suspected meteor falling towards earth and bursting into a dazzling light that turned the night sky blue.
Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office said the widely-reported flash in the sky was probably "a single meteor event." He told the Associated Press:
[It] looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the South East, going on visual reports.
Judging from the brightness, we're dealing with something as bright as the full moon.
The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have [had] a boulder enter the atmosphere over the North East.
One Twitter user claims to have heard a hissing sound as what is believed to have been a meteor passed over his New Jersey home:
I actually heard the #meteor today as well. It was making almost a hissing noise as it flew brightly overhead. I saw it around 7:55pm EDT.
Footage distributed by WUSA shows a meteor clearly visible in the sky on the US east coast.
This security footage obtained by NBC News and shot in Thurmont, Maryland, shows the meteorite flash in the sky last night.
The American Meteor Society has verified over 300 witness sightings of a meteor in at least 13 US states.
Stretching from Ontario down to the southern state of North Carolina, there are still over 100 reports yet to be reviewed, said Mike Hankey, an observer for the American Meteor Society.
"This was most certainly a fireball seen over a good portion of the eastern states," said Robert Lunsford, the society's fireball coordinator.
"It happened at a good time, around 8 o'clock on a Friday night, when a lot of people were out to see it," Lunsford said.
A NASA scientist has told the Associated Press that social media reports of a meteor on the US east east seem to be consistent with the behaviour of a meteor shower.
Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program in California, said: "it's unusual to have so many people see it."