Perseids meteor shower: How and where to see the weekend's shooting stars

The Perseid meteor shower comes around every year all thanks to an icy space rock known as Comet Swift Tuttle – but thousands of years from now that same comet could bring on the worst mass extinction Earth has seen in hundreds of millions of years

Where to watch the Perseid meteor shower live stream if the weather ruins your view

Milky Way is seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir, near Grandas de Salime, Spain August 11, 2017.

A clear sky gave most parts of the United Kingdom an opportunity to spot the meteors, said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna. Every August, earthlings can see this celestial event, which displays one of the brightest shooting stars.

"Usually in the United Kingdom we are either clouded out or suffer the ill effects of the Moon on meteor showers, and they usually end in disappointment", &The astronomer explained.

The term peak is used to describe the moment where the meteors are most visible in the sky. They are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction.

The Perseids have been observed for at least 2,000 years and are associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 133 years.

The Perseids are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.

Comet 109P  Swift-Tuttle completes its orbit around the sun every 133 years as illustrated above in the graphic from Teaching Stars. And according to Siegel its orbit is no great mystery to scientists who've already determined where it will be for upwar

You will be able to see the meteors with the naked eye on a clear evening.

When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

It's said to be happening over the next two nights also so have a look and enjoy!

"The Perseids can be very bright and often spectacular". This debris field consists of bits of ice and dust - most over 1,000 years old - and burns up in the Earth's atmosphere to create one of the best meteor showers of the year.

"You could feel the excitement build as many people from across the United Kingdom started to see bright meteors and fireballs early on in the evening".


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