Updated: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:45:00 GMT
Perseid meteor shower

Stargazers around the world have been enjoying the annual Perseid meteor shower



A meteor streaks above Edlington Castle in Northumberland (© Tom Heaton - Rex Features)
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  • A meteor streaks above Edlington Castle in Northumberland (© Tom Heaton - Rex Features)
  • Stonehenge during Perseid meteor shower (© REUTERS - Kieran Doherty)
  • Perseid shower over Villarejo de Salvanes, central Spain (© AP Photo - Paul White)
  • A meteor sparks, lower right, while entering the Earth's atmosphere behind an olive tree during in Fanos village, central Greece (© AP Photo - Petros Giannakouris)
  • Perseid Meteor Shower over Cathedral Gorge State Park, USA (© ZUMA - Rex Features)
  • A meteor is seen above Castaic Lake in California (© REUTERS - Gene Blevins)
  • Perseid Meteor Shower, Zadar (© Luka Gerlanc - CROPIX - SIPA - Rex Features)
  • Perseid meteor shower over Orbec, Normandy, France. (© XAVIER FRANCOLON - SIPA - Rex Features)
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Amateur astronomers have been out in force to watch the celestial display, which is caused by material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseid shower is an annual event between mid-July and mid-August, but the best views were expected on Monday night - and the meteors didn't disappoint, with as many as 60 an hour visible to the naked eye.

This picture shows a meteor streaking above Edlington Castle in Northumberland, UK.

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