First meteor shower of the new decade will be visible over Wirral tonight

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The Quadrantids meteor shower will peak this Friday night when up to 60 meteors an hour burn up across the sky.

The Quadrantids shower occurs from late December through until early January, but peaks on Friday 3rd January.

This specific meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through the trail of Asteroid 2003 EH1.

The best time to spot the first meteor shower of the new decade is just before sunrise early on Saturday morning.

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.

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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.

The chances of spotting a meteor will be good as there are some chances of clear skies, but cloud will thicken towards sunrise on Saturday.

The Met Office say: “Larger patches of cloud and occasional showers will remain throughout the night with winds gradually easing off into the morning”

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