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Last Updated: Thursday August 13 2009 06:46 GMT

In pics: Meteors hit Earth

Picture by Pete Lawrence

On Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the annual Perseid meteor shower reached its peak. People all over the UK watched the skies for a falling space rock.

Picture by Bill Pinnell

The Perseid is caused by the Earth passing through a cloud of debris left in space by a comet. This shot was snapped over south London.

Picture by Steve Elliott

This shot is of the sky over Hampshire, before the Moon came out.

Picture by SJ Griffiths

If you look in the top left corner you'll see a meteor passing through the sky over the Isle of Wight.

Picture by Steve Gifford

It wasn't just in Britain - this shooting star lit up the sky over Indiana, in the USA.