A stunning photograph of a Perseid meteor streaking across the sky over the Cliffs of Moher has been shared thousands of times across social media in recent days.
John Meyler from Shannon, who is The Clare Herald’s Feature Photographer, captured the photograph (top) on Wednesday night as one of the best meteor showers of the year, called the “Perseids”, peaked in activity.
Each Perseid is caused by a sand-grain sized piece of dust from a comet called Swift-Tuttle. Earth slams into these dust particles at over 200,000 km/hour (130,000mph) and the friction with the Earth’s atmosphere makes them burn up as an intense fiery streak that can be seen for hundreds of kilometres.
The Clare Herald’s John Meyler had just 1-2 seconds to capture the Perseid on camera. He managed to do just that to deliver a stunning photograph set against the backdrop of the Cliffs of Moher, the Milky Way and the lights of Liscannor and Lahinch lighting on the horizon.
Among the media outlets to share John’s photo is Today FM which saw John’s photo receive almost 9,000 Facebook likes in less than 10 hours.
Here is a selection of other shots from County Clare.
A selection of Perseid shots from around Ireland.