The last meteor shower of 2018 will peak TONIGHT on Merseyside

The last meteor shower of 2018 will peak tonight.

The geminid meteor shower will treat stargazers to up 100 meteors an hour lighting up the night sky.

The Earth will pass through the debris of Phaethon, which will result in small grains of dust to blast through our atmosphere at about 80,000 MPH, brightly breaking up in the sky.

The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini because the meteors seem to emerge from this constellation in the sky so this is the best direction to look.

Weather conditions will also depend on your chances of viewing it and a clear night away from light pollution will give you a great look at the shower.

The weather is looking mostly clear through tonight on Merseyside so there should be plenty of opportunities to spot some meteors.

The Met office say: “It will be dry through the evening and overnight.

“Under clearing skies with easing winds temperatures will fall sharply with a hard frost and isolated freezing fog patches by morning.”

The geminid shower is the final shower of 2018 and another won’t be another until 4th January, although the Quadrantids shower may be difficult to see due to interfering moonlight.

The next visible shower will be Lyrid Meteor Shower in April.

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