Spectacular Perseid Meteor shower will be visible this weekend on Merseyside

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Credit: Kenneth Brandon

The spectacular meteor shower will reach its peak on the 12th & 13th August when up to 80 meteors an hour can be spotted.

Heading out to areas away from light pollution, such as the countryside, will give you the greatest chance of seeing meteors.

Chances of spotting meteors will also be weather dependent, as clear skies give the best viewing opportunities.

The Perseids are bits and pieces of cosmic dust and debris left in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

Meteor showers happen when bits of ice and dust, which can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a pea collide with the earths atmosphere at 134,000mph.

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