Pro photographer Fergus Kennedy has plenty of experience of shooting meteor showers. "They offer great opportunities to get unique images," he says. "They don't come around too often and quite a few elements need to come together before you get a good shot, so it's exciting when they do."
Individual meteor showers vary in intensity; at their peak, they can produce between 10 and 150 meteors per hour. Each shower occurs annually, when the Earth's orbit takes it through a specific cloud of particles, and is visible in a particular part of the night sky. One of the best is known as the Geminids, because the shower approximately aligns with the Gemini constellation. It takes place in early December and usually peaks around 14 December.
Here, Fergus, in the UK, and fellow astrophotographer Timo Oksanen, based in Finland, offer their expert advice for photographing meteor showers.