Get ready for a ideal Perseid meteor show

The comet has a 133-year orbit, last visiting our part of the solar system back in 1992 (hence the big meteor show back in the 90s). That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line.

The Perseids, which are the most famous summer meteors, will reach peak on Sunday 12th August up to early hours of Monday 13th August.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the brightest and most active meteor showers in the lunar calendar.

"The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year". The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky.

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light throughout the month of August - but it's predicted to be at its best this weekend, according to NASA.

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During these nights the moon will be in its crescent-shape, or "new moon" phase.

However, you can also catch the odd meteor before and after these dates.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

Perhaps you might remember an wonderful meteor show back in the early 1990s? NASA recommends about 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

Cooke told Space.com: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it". So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show!

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