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Perseids meteor shower expected to light up skies

A meteor from the Perseids shower photographed over Georgia, United States of America Credit: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

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."