Stunning photos of the Perseid meteors above Wales

Welsh skies were lit up overnight by a stunning display by the beautiful Perseid meteors.

Skygazers sat on beaches, hills and beyond in their warmest clothing and watched the celestial fireworks as the Earth flew through a cloud of cometary dust.

The Perseid meteors, shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, stage their show every August and are among the brightest of all shooting stars.

A clear sky gave most parts of the UK an opportunity to spot the meteors, said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna.

A meteor is seen during the Perseids meteor shower

He said: “There were some good cloud breaks, so many areas would have had a good chance to see them during the early hours. It would have been pretty good viewing.”

Starry-eyed wanderers took to social media to share their excitement at witnesses the natural showcase.

One said that she spotted two meteors and it was “fantastic”, while another lay in the middle of a road in Wales to watch the Perseids.

Another caught sight of one meteor in North Wales whilst “enjoying a whisky in the garden”.

One photographer, Gavin Smith , managed to capture some breathtaking moments of the shower in Swansea .


The 33-year-old took the photographs laying in his garden in Killay, dressed up in a warm jacket and blanket.

He said: “Last night was great! It’s rare that the sky is clear when something good is going on in the sky!

“I’ve tried in vain to catch meteor showers before but never really for any good results, total luck of the draw with this stuff.


“I used to do a lot more nature and landscape photography than I do now, I’ve got a job which requires me to be away from home a lot and a 9 month old child.

“I eventually called it a night at about 12.30am. It was on all night but the moon was having more of an influence and it was my turn to do the morning feed shift so had to be up early.”

What are the Perseid meteors?

The meteors, mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up as they hit the atmosphere at 58 kilometres (36 miles) per second to produce a shooting stream of light in the sky.

Seen from the Earth, the Perseids appear to originate from one place in the north-east known as the “radiant” which happens to be near the constellation Perseus.

Because the density of the dust cloud varies, the meteors are not evenly spaced out. At certain times they can be close together and at others seem to disappear.

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862.The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.

As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.

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