Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower


The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour, peaking on Sunday, and setting up a spectacular show for stargazers.

The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018.

This annual meteor shower comes as the earth moves through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Astronomers said hundreds of shooting stars will streak across the sky between August 12 and 13 in a display that may be visible around the world. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars. "Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi.

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"Every year in August, we sort of sweep through the leftovers of that comet and the tiny little particles that it left behind enter into the Earth's atmosphere", explains Brar.

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".

And experts have advised the best place to watch the stunning show will be at open areas, away from street lights.

"We'll get a good number of the shooting stars in our night sky", explains Brar. Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors! Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.