Nottinghamshire treated to amazing meteor shower in perfect conditions

The Perseid meteor shower over The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire in the early hours of Thursday 13 August 2015. The Meteor show is set to peak tonight. ''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
The Perseid meteor shower over The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire in the early hours of Thursday 13 August 2015. The Meteor show is set to peak tonight. ''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk
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Stargazers in Nottinghamshire were treated to an amazing display of the annual Perseid meteor shower as it reached its peak on Wednesday night.

Our region had the best view of the meteor shower with clear and dark skies as the shower coincided with a new moon.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs when debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet, which last passed near Earth in 1992 and is not due to return until 2125, collides with the atmosphere.

The annual spectacle peaked on Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday with up to 100 shooting stars per hour.

“It has been a spectacular show this year,” astronomer Morgan Hollis, of the Royal Astronomical Society, said. “We have been be able to a see a lot more than normal.”

Her we see the Perseid meteor shower over The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire in the early hours of this morning.