Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch

Perseid meteor shower 2018

GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye

The shower peaks during mid-August and occur with warm summer nighttime weather, which means sky watchers can easily view them.

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight.

The Perseids as seen from the International Space Station.

The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest; between 1am and the onset of dawn twilight.

The annual Perseid meteor shower will be peaking this Saturday and Sunday night.

The Perseids happen each year as Earth passes through the trail of dust left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which makes a full orbit of the sun every 133 years.

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The best place to view the meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, during the pre-dawn hours. The peak will be from 9.00 pm on Sunday 12th August to 4.30 am on Monday 13th August.

The Perseid meteor shower has been taking place since mid-July, but will hit its peak this coming weekend.

This is between midnight and 5.30am on both August 12 and August 13, the Royal Museums Greenwich said.

Up! Seriously...just find yourself a piece of wide-open sky, without light pollution, lie back and look up. But for those who want to experience the meteor shower amped up to 11, getting to a "dark sky park" is an absolute must. What's more, the illuminating display is one of year's brightest, too.

Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "The shower will be visible all over the United Kingdom, as long as the skies are clear".

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

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