Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

Dan Little | BDN

Dan Little | BDN

Even outside of the optimum observation time, viewers can still enjoy 50 to 75 meteors per hour in places with little light pollution, according to the museum's website.

The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear. These start around late July and will peak on August 12 night to August 13.

This may be a good night to spread out a blanket on the grass and stare up at the night sky, as the annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to reach its pinnacle.

However, experts said clouds may interfere with some stargazers' plans to watch the celestial light show.

In May, police in Australia captured stunning footage of a meteor lighting up the night sky.

"The Perseids are most active after midnight through daybreak", Samuhel added. Thankfully, a solution is at hand, as both Slooh and United States space NASA are live streaming the annual celestial light show - here is how to watch it.

Mind you, while the Perseids are said be among the best of Earth's meteor showers, NASA has warned that things are a little more complicated this year.

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect the number of meteors per hour for the 2019 Perseid meteor shower.

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Aside from the unfavorable weather, the Moon will be close to full during the peak of the shower.

Tonight's full moon will impair visibility somewhat, but it should still be a spectacular display.

"It won't be a total wash-out, because the Perseids are rich in bright meteors, but the moonlight is going to spoil most of the show", he added.

If you are interested in watching the meteor shower, Astronomy Ireland and NASA advise allowing your eyes to adjust to the darkness for about half and hour and refraining from using your phone as much as possible.

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