The Draconids meteor shower will peak across Merseyside tonight


The Draconids shower will peak on the nights of 8th and 9th October.

As many as 1,000 meteors can be seen during the shower, although on Merseyside it is more likely that around 5-6 meteors an hour can be spotted.

The meteors blaze through the sky as pieces of debris burn up in the atmosphere, travelling at 37 miles per second.

Most Draconid 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.

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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.

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

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

There will be some clear spells and cloud around during the next two nights with temperatures around 12C.

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