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Extraordinary video shows how the Perseid meteor shower lit up the skies above Greater Manchester

It’s considered one of the best celestial displays you can see from earth.

The Perseid meteor shower peaked over the weekend and lit up the skies across the country with an expected 100 meteors an hour.

Stargazers were on the look-out for the display which occurs every July and August as the Earth passes debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

And pointing his camera upwards from a garden in Bury, Ric Taylor, captured some of the amazing display with a time-lapse camera.

Ric, who used a digital SLR and a tripod to capture the amazing footage, says photography is one of his passions, and he couldn’t resist the chance to capture the meteor shower as it approached its peak.

“Photography is one of my passions, especially when it comes to the night sky”, he says.

“I just love taking photos of the night, as I’ve slowly gotten better I started taking time lapse videos, its a natural progression. On my meagre wage I sacrifice a social life to travel and take photos.”

Experts had warned that the Perseids may have been harder to see this year as the Moon was three-quarters full.

But a clear night sky and good cloud breaks gave star-gazers a wonderful opportunity to see the meteor shower in full flow.

Despite peaking over the weekend it should be visible until around the 20th August, and the best place to view it is under a clear sky and as far away from built up areas as possible.

You can see more of Ric’s videos on his Facebook page.

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