Look Up! It's a meteor shower!

The Perseid meteor shower comes around every year all thanks to an icy space rock known as Comet Swift Tuttle – but thousands of years from now that same comet could bring on the worst mass extinction Earth has seen in hundreds of millions of years

Look Up! It's a meteor shower!

August is going to be an exciting month for stargazers, starting with the annual Perseid meteor shower that gives an opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky.

Here's everything you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend.

She wrote: "When the city lights and clouds ruined the Perseid meteor shower for you".

The Perseids are meteor showers associated with the constellation Perseus. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", Scagell said. It last passed nearby Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126.

Twitter astronomer @VirtualAstro said that reports of meteor viewings had come thick and fast as soon as the clouds had cleared after dark.

The Perseids meteors, shed by comet Swift-Tuttle, stage their show every August and are among the brightest of all shooting stars.

The best way to enjoy this celestial event is to organize a camping trip, possibly with telescopes to see the light show better. Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 26km wide.

The display peaked in the United Kingdom on Saturday and into Sunday, but can be seen all around the world.

There will be fewer meteors this year, expectations are around 40 to 50 meteors per hour compared to the 90 we see on normal years.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

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