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Perseid meteor shower to take place this weekend

Perseid meteor shower to take place this weekend

It's best to find a spot where there is little to no artificial light, as this makes viewing more hard because city lights are stronger than faint shooting stars.

You don't have to set an alarm to get up to see the stars, because from 10.30pm - long before the peak - there is also a very good chance of seeing the shower.

This week, the possibility of seeing shooting stars increases significantly, as we run up to the zenith of the annual Perseids meteor shower.

To see the Perseids, look to the north. "The Earth can pass into this dust and (the) tiny particles hit the Earth's atmosphere at high speed and burn up causing a flash of a meteor". The comet only orbits the sun once every 133 years, but the debris can be seen every year in the summer months.

During the Perseid meteor showers, most visible across the USA on Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, people may witness 50 to 100 meteors per hour in clear, summer night skies.

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How can I see them?

When is the Perseid meteor shower? It's best to the weather forecast in advance via www.metoffice.gov.uk as the clearer the skies, the more you'll see - and if there's heavy cloud, you'll struggle. Note that the rates listed below are for ideal conditions: very dark skies free of moonlight or light pollution.

There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11. No matter the time of night, on the nights of August 12 and 13, Perseid meteors can be seen across the heavens, but the American Meteor Society advises that you should "aim your center of view about half-way up in the sky" for the most successful viewing.

It's easy to get cold if you're waiting around. Most of the "shooting stars" will be coming in from upper right to lower left.

It may take a little while before you see one, and it's easy to look away and miss one!


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