Must see meteor showers to watch on Wirral during 2020

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“Perseid meteor and Milky Way in 2009” by Brocken Inaglory

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 134,000 mph.

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.

Here are the showers to put in your diary

Lyrids

April 16 to April 30, peaking April 21-22.

Eta Aquarids

April 19 to May 28, peaking May 4-5.

This is mainly a southern hemisphere shower, but sometimes we can catch a bit of the show.

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Alpha Capricornids

July 3 to August 15, peaking July 29-30.

There won’t be many meteors per hour, but this shower does throw off occasional showy fireballs.

Perseids

July 17 to August 26, peaking August 11-12.

This is one of the most popular meteor showers to watch, since it puts on a good show and what’s better than lying under the stars on a warm summer night? Plan your camping trip now.

Orionids

October 2 to November 7, peaking October 21-22.

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Northern Taurids

October 20 to December 10, peaking November 11-12.

Leonids

November 6 to November 30, peaking November 16-17.

Geminids

December 4 to December 17, peaking December 13-14.

This is one of the strongest meteor showers of the year, and you can usually see a good show before midnight. Plan to be there.

Ursids

December 17 to December 26, peaking December 22-23.

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