Photographer captures comet’s trail

The perseid meteor pictured over the Clanfield Observatory at 11.45pm on Tuesday August 12 by 'Graham Bryant
The perseid meteor pictured over the Clanfield Observatory at 11.45pm on Tuesday August 12 by 'Graham Bryant
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Photographer Graham Bryant took this picture of a comet over Hampshire.

He pointed his camera skywards when the night sky put on quite a show on Monday evening, as hundreds of shooting stars appeared.

It was the high point of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which occurs when the Earth passes through a debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The debris strikes the earth’s atmosphere and burns up, creating the spectacular shooting star show, with up to 100 streaks an hour reported.

This picture was taken by Graham, of Denmead, at the Clanfield Observatory shortly before midnight on Monday.

The comet is not due to come as close to the Earth again until the middle of the next decade.

The comet last passed close to the Earth in 1992.