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He added that the forecast is for mostly clear skies and the best viewing will be away from city lights and other "light pollution".

Meteors passed through the sky at a rate of about 60-70 an hour, and sometimes more than one at once, as seen in Kozjak in the Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaGEORGI LICOVSKI/EPAHajnacka, Slovakia.

The Perseids have presented a scintillating display for 2,000 years, according to NASA.

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids.

It's always best to look for meteors between midnight and dawn, but there have already been sightings after sunset but before midnight.

"The origin of the Perseid meteor shower is explained by tiny particles originating from a comet called Swift-Tuttle".




The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the night progresses. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

Whilst meteors can be seen on any night, at certain times of the year their numbers drastically increase.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

If you're lucky enough to reside in a hilly or mountainous region, you're all set for the best views - so find yourself a nice spot and enjoy the show.


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