The most spectacular meteor shower of the year will peak this week on Merseyside.
The Perseid shower peaks from 11th-14th August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be spotted.
More meteors are expected to be visible during this years shower as it falls during a new moon, which will leave plenty of dark sky to spot meteors as there will be no interfering moonlight.
The Perseid shower is the most spectacular of the year as more meteors are visible than that of any other shower and often big ‘fireballs’ can be spotted.
It comes around every summer when Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left in the orbit of the very large Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes near Earth every 133 years on its journey around the sun.
The Perseid meteor shower seen over #Liverpool at Crosby Beach last night, scores of shooting stars spotted in the sky.
📹 @PhilCrane85 pic.twitter.com/5rlhByWJAm
— ScouseScene (@scousescene) August 13, 2017
The meteors blaze through the sky as pieces of debris burn up in the atmosphere, travelling at 37 miles per second.
Most Perseid meteors are made of pieces of dust about the size of a grain of sand, and almost all of them burn up completely on their way through the atmosphere.
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.
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) August 2, 2018
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 best opportunity to see the event on Merseyside looking at the latest forecasts is during the early hours of Monday when you may be able to catch a glimpse during a break in cloud.
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