Everything you need to know about seeing the Perseid meteor shower on Merseyside

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“Perseid meteor and Milky Way in 2009” by Brocken Inaglory

If you missed the Perseid meteor shower last night, then don’t worry there will be another chance to view the stunning shower tonight, if skies stay clear.

What are the perseids ?

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.

When ?

The Perseid meteor shower is actually visible throughout the month.

However, the spectacular meteor shower will reach its peak this weekend when up to 80 meteors an hour can be spotted.

Where ?

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.

Weather ?

After a fine end to the day on Sunday, it will remain dry with clear spells for much of the night, which will give a perfect view of the Perseid meteor shower.

However, cloud will gradually increase from the west, with wet and breezy weather affecting westernmost parts by the morning.

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