How to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Britain tonight

Pat Wise
August 12, 2018

The best time to view the Perseids would be after midnight each night, as that is when the greatest number of meteors will be visible.

Wichita is shaping up to be one of the best spots in the region to catch the best celestial show of the summer. According to Sky and Telescope, comet peepers can expect to see around 60 meteors an hour during the peak, with no bright moon mucking up the view. With the moon entering its new phase, there's less moonlight to get in the way of the show. "If you were to draw the lines of the meteors and connect them back to where they started, they all seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus", she said.

Locally, Natural Bridge is offering an opportunity to watch the meteor shower between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

A meteor streaks through the sky above Gainesville, Fla., during the annual Perseid meteor shower, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.

The group will certainly be heading out for the Perseid meteor shower. The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, so every August, the Earth passes through the comet's debris field.

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The festival is aligning with the Perseids meteor shower.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

Gianluca Masi, director of the Italy-based Virtual Telescope Project, told Express.co.uk the Perseid shower is something no astronomer would want to miss. Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western USA may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors.

Mr Masi said: "Perseids never disappoint the observer - they are one of the best astronomical shows off the year and we just need our own eyes to see them".

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