Excellent chance to see Perseid meteor shower in our region tonight and all this week

The world's most famous meteor shower, the Perseid meteor shower, is visible in the skies over our region this week - and the good news is the skies will be clear!

Monday, 8th August 2016, 3:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:36 pm
Your chance to see the Perseid meteor shower
Your chance to see the Perseid meteor shower

Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky so fast they can be seen in the blink of an eye. Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds.

The Perseid meteor shower provides an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor.

The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies. By August 10 up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky.

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The peak dates to see the Perseid meteor shower are between the 12-13 August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be seen!

There will also be good rates either side of the peak shower between 11-12 August and 13-14 August.