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Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower

13 August 2018

The ice and dust, accumulating over a thousand years, burn up in our atmosphere to create the meteor shower.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers of the year; and in 2018, they'll be the best shower of the year.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated. Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors!

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Officials says the shower will be peaking from 11 p.m. Sunday evening to early Monday morning. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

Gal suggests that starry-eyed hopefuls view the meteor shower in dark places with low cloud coverage like Makapuu or Sandy's Beach.

Cam and Dursley Astronomy Club members are making the most of the year's biggest and best display of shooting stars by holding their annual "shooting star party" this coming Saturday, on Stinchcombe Hill.

You can watch a live stream of the meteor shower below, provided by the Virtual Telescope Project.

It's always best to look for meteors between midnight and dawn, but there have already been sightings after sunset but before midnight. There is also a parade of planets visible!

Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower