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.
— VirtualAstro (@VirtualAstro) August 10, 2018
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.
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 chances of spotting the shower will be on Friday night during any breaks in cloud.
However, nighttime for the rest of the weekend is expected to be cloudy and wet making it almost impossible in some areas to view it.
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) August 10, 2018
The Met Office say: Some showers will linger this evening. However they will clear overnight.
“There will then be plenty of clear spells around, and it will be rather chilly.”
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