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Perseid meteors 'thrill star-gazers'

Well, not quite

By Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2010

Last night's Perseid meteor shower wasn't quite the heavenly firework display the Daily Mail claims, but where conditions were favourable, hopeful skygazers were granted a few nice moments.

El Reg's Iberian bureau took advantage of clear skies and agreeable temperatures to crack a few beers up in the mountains of Avila, and was rewarded with a peak of maybe two Perseids a minute in the early hours.

Although our attempts to capture the impressive ionisation trails on camera wasn't a resounding success, here's a pic Reg reader Bill Pinnell caught last year in Surrey, which shows just what bangs you get for your bucks if you're prepared to stay up late:

Perseid meteor captured by Bill Pinnell. All rights reserved

Readers' tales of cloudy skies, pouring rain and traditional Perseid disappointment are, as ever, welcome. ®

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