Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see between 60 and 70 meteors per hour

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s).

The storm peaks in the early morning hours (just after midnight) of August 12 and 13 - this Sunday and Monday.

The Perseids, which are the most famous summer meteors, will reach peak on Sunday 12th August up to early hours of Monday 13th August.

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

The comet that left the Perseid meteor stream is a piece of dirty ice about 26km in diameter called 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

During these nights the moon will be in its crescent-shape, or "new moon" phase.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

The best summertime meteor shower - the Perseids - will be coming to a sky near you this coming weekend, weather permitting.

Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show. You may have a slightly better chance if you face northeast. NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view.

Being in the northern hemisphere, the United Kingdom is in a prime spot to witness the lunar show.

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