Irish stargazers across the country witnessed hundreds of shooting stars as the annual Perseid meteor shower peaked.
Those in the midlands and the north of Ireland had the best views in the area, as cloud cover meant limited visibility across England and Scotland. The spectacle was regularly visible across the US also, especially in areas with little light pollution. This year the shooting stars coincided with a new moon for the first time since 2007.showers peak for this year with hundreds of shooting stars visible every hour. The display was also joined briefly by the man-made star, the International Space Station (ISS).
"The Perseid are usually fairly bright. Also, they tend to leave a trail, or train, behind them. You can see the train hanging there glowing in the sky for a few seconds - sometimes for several minutes - after the meteor has gone."
This spectacular video shows the Perseid over the skies of New Mexico on the morning of August 12: