There is a great chance to see some shooting stars, with the Perseid meteor shower due to hit the night sky this weekend.

The Ayrshire Astronomical Society says that it looks set to be perfect conditions for viewing after nightfall over the coming evenings - if the weather is good.

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because they appear from the general direction of the constellation Perseus.

They are due to peak over August 12-13.

A spokesperson said: "It is perfect viewing conditions for the Perseids peak this weekend with the moon out of the way.

"Hopefully the weather will break for us.

"Meteors will radiate from the north east/ east but can be spotted anywhere in the sky. No equipment  is necessary apart from a deck chair and some patience

"Dark skies are preferable but not essential.

"Go out and experience it for yourself and enjoy."

The Perseids are one of the most plentiful showers with about 50 to 100 meteors seen per hour, according to NASA.