DERBYSHIRE: Perseid meteor shower set to light up the night sky

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Stargazers across Derbyshire could be treated to as many as 100 shooting stars per hour overnight as an annual meteor shower peaks.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs as leftover 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 our atmosphere.

A Met Office spokesman urged residents to wrap up warm, go outside, lie back and look up during the early hours.

The spokesman added: “To see the meteor shower, you don’t need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment – all you need is your eyes.

“You don’t need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky.”

There should be clear skies in many parts of Derbyshire, according to the weather forecast.

• If you get any pictures or video of the Perseid meteor shower in Derbyshire, email michael.broomhead@derbyshiretimes.co.uk