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Did you see shooting stars as a meteor shower hit Earth last night?
Did you see any shooting stars zooming across the Sussex skyline last night?
Astronomy experts predicted the skies would light up as the Perseids meteor shower crossed into the earth’s atmosphere.
Stargazers were told they only needed their eyes to enjoy the natural occurrence, which was a result of material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
The comet last passed near the earth in 1992 and won’t return until 2125.
Andy Lawes, of the East Sussex Astronomical Society, said stargazers in the countryside with little light pollution could expect to see around 60 to 100 shooting stars an hour.
He said: “It won’t be a massive fireworks display as some media is reporting, but it should be good."
Meteors, commonly known as shooting stars, are the result of small particles entering the Earth's atmosphere at high speed.
These heat the air around them, causing the characteristic streak of light seen from the ground.
They mostly appear as fleeting flashes lasting less than a second, but the brightest ones leave behind trails of vaporised gases and glowing air molecules that may take a few seconds to fade.
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