Shooting stars: ‘Best meteor shower of the year’ due this week

Picture of the night sky from a  lane near Little Gidding during the Persied meteor appearance in 2013. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph

Picture of the night sky from a lane near Little Gidding during the Persied meteor appearance in 2013. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph

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Stargazers across Cambridgeshire should look out for one of the best meteor showers of the year during mid-December.

Up to 120 shooting stars radiating from near the bright stars in the constellation of Gemini could streak across the night sky above Peterborough during the Gemenid display, which will take place up until Tuesday, 16 December.

The meteor shower is expected to peak this Saturday night, 13 December into the morning of Sunday, 14 December.

Your best chance of seeing them is between 10pm and 3am.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “To see the meteor shower, you don’t need a telescope, binoculars or any other equipment – all you need is your eyes.

“You don’t need to look in any particular direction as meteors appear randomly anywhere in the sky.”

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Related links:

Find out more about the Geminid meteor shower and check the weather conditions at metoffice.gov.uk

Find out when other meteor events are taking place visit the Meteorwatch website.

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