Heavy traffic is expected through the end of the weekend near Joshua Tree National Park as people try to get clearer view of the Perseid meteor shower.
Getting a clear view of the meteor showers requires people to get away from light pollution which is why many flocked to the park.
Traffic was stagnant eastbound on Highway 62 leading up to the park as people tried to take in the spectacular sight last night.
Portland photographer Jay Shah visited the Peter Iredale Shipwreck at Fort Stevens State Park along the northwest Oregon coast Saturday night to capture the Perseid meteor shower during its peak. His images from the shower caught shooting stars, the Milky Way, glowing bioluminescence and a ship on the horizon that looks like the sunset.
Shah emphasizes that he only shoots single long exposure shots. He also said that bioluminescence sparkled all around his boots the night he got the images.
Heavy cloud over much of the UK meant many stargazers were disappointed, although some sightings were possible over Yorkshire, north-east England and parts of southern Scotland.
Looking ahead to the chances of spotting a shooting star over the coming days, BBC weather forecaster Billy Payne said many should be able to get a glimpse despite less than perfect conditions.
“Tonight, we’ll see cloud and rain spreading across much of England and Wales, so viewing opportunities will be limited,” he said.
“East Anglia and the south-east and the far north of England may see some breaks for a time before cloud increases later.
“Scotland and Northern Ireland will have a few clear spells overnight but even here there will be some areas of cloud around.
“Tomorrow night should offer better conditions as cloud and rain gives way to clearer skies for many.
“Rain may drag its heels across northern England though, while the far north and west are likely to see areas of cloud come and go, particularly towards coasts and hills.”
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