TWO friends trekked up a tourist hotspot to witness this week’s meteor shower.
Freelance photographer, Ross Davidson captured the stunning picture above from the top of Moel Famau, as the sky was lit up in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Ross, 21, of Gwernaffield, along with his friend Tomas Grundy, also 21, headed to the popular hill walking destination at about midnight and stayed there until about 4am.
Ross described the experience as “once-in-a-lifetime”. He said: “The meteor showers were out in full force.
“I managed to capture this amazing photograph.
“There were at least 30 to 40 visible meteors every hour.
“It was an unreal and breathtaking experience I shall never forget.”
Across the UK people turned into amateur astronomers as they looked out for the “shooting stars”, a result of the material falling from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.
While the Perseids meteor shower is an annual event between mid-July and mid-August, the best views this year were expected to be on Monday night, with as many as 60 meteors an hour visible to the naked eye.
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.
Comet Swift-Tuttle last passed near the earth in 1992. It will not visit again until the year 2125.