Stunning photos captured shooting stars and trains of satellites above south east London last night as the Lyrics Meteor showed peaked.

The shower, caused by the falling debris from the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, occurs annually in mid-April as Earth travels through the trail of dust and tiny rocks left by the travelling comet.

Stephen Sangster managed to snap the phenomenon alongside a 'Starlink Train', a string of satellites put in the sky by celebrity billionaire Elon Musk.

Dad of three Stephen, who lives in Orpington, said: "Astronomy is the perfect lockdown activity and tonight is the one of the most interesting evenings in the calendar with the peak of the Lyrid meteors and a large Starlink pass at 9pm.

"Many of the latest phones let you take great pictures of the night sky and there are apps like Nightcap that help you capture something special like this shooting star."

Lyrids is described as one of the most significant meteor showers, with shooting stars occuring up to 20 times an hour.

Starlink satellites are part of a scheme by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX company, launched with the aim of improving global internet coverage.

People across the UK and Europe reported seeing the unique chain of lights over the weekend, as the craft passed over in low orbit.

More than 300 satellites have been launched so far, with the network eventually set to reach 12,000, rising to as many as 42,000 in the future.

Once in place, the network - known as a mega constellation - will be able to beam internet coverage down to any location on Earth.