What time is the Perseid meteor shower tonight in UK?

The ideal time to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower is just after midnight, when the sky is at its darkest

The meteor shower takes place in July and August every year and offers up to 50 or 100 meteors every hour.

Here’s everything you need to know to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower.

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A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid meteor shower (Image: NASA via Getty Images)

What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?

The Perseid meteor shower is caused by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has not been seen since 1992.

The comet takes an incredible 133 years to orbit the sun and will not be visible again until 2125.

Meteor showers are caused by the debris of comets, when the rocks enter the Earth’s atmosphere they burn up quickly, giving them a vivid appearance and even a tail.

Known for its crowds, the Perseid shower boasts a rate of up to 100 meteors per hour and features vibrant fireballs that light up the sky.

Nasa describes the Perseid meteor shower as “fast and bright meteors” trailing “long ‘veils’ of light and color as they sweep through Earth’s atmosphere.”

They add: “The Perseids are one of the most prolific showers, with around 50 to 100 meteors per hour. They occur during warm summer night weather, allowing skygazers to observe them comfortably.”

When is the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseid meteor shower falls between July and August each year.

In 2022, it will light up the night sky from July 17th to August 24th.

The number of meteors will gradually increase until the shower reaches its peak, which is expected to fall between Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August.

The Meteor Shower is famous for its bright and active displays.

When does it peak?

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak between Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.

The ideal time to catch a glimpse of the shower is just after midnight, when the sky is at its darkest.

It’s also important to make sure you’re in an area free of light pollution.

What are the conditions?

Although skies appear clear on Friday night (12 August), the peak of the Perseid meteor shower also coincides with the August full moon.

Moonlight can make watching meteor showers difficult, as the extra light drowns out the dazzling display.

On a normal evening during peak, you can expect to see 100 meteors every hour, but with moonlight coverage, it’s unlikely that many will be visible.

Where to see the Perseid meteor shower in the UK

The meteor shower will be visible across the UK, with the best visibility in the country away from busy light pollution-ridden cities.

You don’t need a telescope or binoculars and you can observe the meteors with the naked eye.

According to Nasa, stargazers can expect to see as many as 50 or 100 meteors an hour.

The meteors usually appear in the constellation Perseus, after which they are named.

However, they can be visible anywhere, so finding a spot with a panoramic view of the sky is important.

Due to the glare from the August Full Moon, which occurs on August 11th, there will be some visibility issues.

If you can’t see the meteor shower or are unable to see it due to poor visibility, Nasa Meteor Watch offers a live stream of the event Facebook site.