Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/13/perseid_meteors/
Perseid meteors 'thrill star-gazers'
Well, not quite
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:
Readers' tales of cloudy skies, pouring rain and traditional Perseid disappointment are, as ever, welcome. ®