20 meteors an hour will be visible in skies over Wirral tonight


The Lyrid meteor shower will will peak tonight and it will be visible on Wirral.

Skies are set to be clear tonight on Wirral which will provide the best chance of spotting a meteor.

The Lyrid shower offers stargazers a chance to see up to 20 meteors per hour.

Dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years collide with earths atmosphere.

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Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand and made up of dust and and ice strike Earth’s atmosphere travelling 110,000 mph and disintegrate as streaks of light.

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.