The Perseid meteor shower

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The Perseids will be most visible between the 12-13 August.

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 is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing 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 the 10 August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky.  

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 between 11-12 August and 13-14 August, although to a lesser extent.

Download our guide to watching the Perseid meteor shower (PDF, 133 kB)  and keep an eye on the forecast for your area to find out whether clear skies will help you to see the Perseid meteor shower.

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