A METEOR shower could be seen in the skies of Herefordshire in the earlier hours of Tuesday morning.

Chris Lyons, of the Hereford Times Camera Club, managed to picture one of the meteors over Ross-on-Wye, which are mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, but burn up as they hit Earth's atmosphere.

The Perseid meteor shower happens each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

A shooting stream of light is produced in the sky as the meteors burn up when they hit the atmosphere at 58 kilometres (36 miles) per second.

Peak temperatures can reach anywhere from 1,648 to 5,537 C (3,000 to 10,000 Fahrenheit) as they speed across the sky.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.