Meteor shower is a spectacular sight

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The Perseid meteor shower hasn’t disappointed those watching the skies over Wakefield this week.

This stunning picture of the Perseid meteor shower was taken by Chris Hodgson from Ossett.

The 40-year-old could not believe his luck when he captured the image from Emley on Saturday, after a failed attempt the night before.

He said: “I was only up there 45 minutes. I’d spotted a break in the cloud and hoped it would be enough to let me see something.”

Mr Hodgson, who is caretaker for Ossett Cricket and Athletic Club, does photography as a hobby. He added: “My family are gutted they missed it. It was definitely worth waiting for.”

The meteor shower is an annual event and is best seen between mid-July and mid-August.

As many as 60 meteors an hour were visible to the naked eye on Monday. The meteors are debris from a comet called Swift-Tuttle, which last passed close to the Earth in 1992 and is expected to be seen again in 2125.