North Devon skies set to be filled with the annual display tonight (Friday)

A spectacular show is expected tonight (Friday) as the annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.

Astronomers say there will be twice as many this year and they can be viewed throughout this week.

The annual shower is the result of the Earth passing through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

It has been estimated tonight could see as many as 150 or even 200 meteors an hour.

The best areas to see them are away from towns with as little light as possible and somewhere you have a wide view of as much sky as possible.

The best time to spot the display is between 1am and before the onset of dawn twilight.

Stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

In North Devon, any rural location with a clear view of the sky should give star-spotters the chance to see a meteor or 50.

Have you been busy photographing or videoing the Perseids? We would love to share your images online - email or post them on our Facebook page.

Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.