The best meteor shower of the year will peak over Wirral tonight

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The Perseid shower peaks from 12th August when over 100 meteors an hour can be spotted.

However, this years peak may not be as visible as prevouis years due to cloud.

Wirral is currently under four days of thunderstorm weather warnings which may ruin chances of spotting it in some ares, but there is some hope as skies will become clearer later on in the night.

The Met Office say “Isolated thundery showers will die out during the evening leaving a largely dry but mild night with clear spells. It will turn cloudier towards dawn.”

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The Perseid shower is the most spectacular of the year as more meteors are visible than that of any other shower and often big ‘fireballs’ can be spotted.

It comes around every summer when Earth passes through the trail of dust and debris left in the orbit of the very large Comet Swift-Tuttle, which passes near Earth every 133 years on its journey around the sun.

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

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Most Perseid 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.

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.

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

The best opportunity to see the event on Merseyside looking at the latest forecasts is during the early hours when you may be able to catch a glimpse during a break in cloud.