Annual meteor shower to peak Sunday night

Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

And if you thought the video above looked attractive, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

The Perseid Meteor shower normally peaks each year during a new moon however it will not do so again for another eight years.

The world is watching in awe as the Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with spectacular shooting stars across the globe.

Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of attractive shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky. Small particles of comet dust burn up when entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the bright streaks (mistakenly) known as "shooting stars". Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky.

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Cam and Dursley Astronomy Club members are making the most of the year's biggest and best display of shooting stars by holding their annual "shooting star party" this coming Saturday, on Stinchcombe Hill.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated. Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors! You can expect 50-70 meteors per hour by getting away from cities and look to the sky!

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom tonight - though cloud is forecast in Cumbria. NASA will also be streaming a view of the sky from the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook Page.

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