70 shooting stars an hour will soar over Britain in annual Perseid meteor shower

The number of meteors will peak in the early hours of 13 August, when up to around seventy each hour should be visible.

Dr Chris North, a lecturer at Cardiff University‘s school of physics and astronomy,  said: “Once the sun sets, providing the sky is clear, all you need do is head out to as dark a site as you can find.

“The best observing sites have no nearby lights, so tend to be away from towns and cities.

“Sit or lie back, look up, and let your eyes adjust to the dark – this might take 10-20 minutes, but with clear, dark site you should see meteors streak across the sky every few minutes or so, perhaps more often if you’re lucky. The darker your site, the more meteors you are likely to see.

“The shower is called the Perseids because the meteors look like they’re coming from the constellation Perseus.

“That’s because that’s the direction the Earth is moving in at this time of year, so as the Earth ploughs through the debris stream the particles appear to come from that direction. It’s not unlike driving while it’s snowing, where it looks like the snowflakes are all coming from the direction of travel.”


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