Chris Hadfield weighs in on the Perseid meteor shower

This will mean most of the light your eyes take in will be from the moon and it will be harder to see the meteors streaking across the night sky.

The best time to observe the Perseids, one of the most dazzling meteor showers each year, would be between 10 p.m. Saturday and sunrise next day, according to the museum.

VirtualAstro said that, within a few hours of darkness, thousands of people from across the British Isles were watching the meteor shower, with many seeing "several incredibly bright meteors per hour, along with tens of smaller fainter meteors".

"But the numbers are going to be quite good".

"You could feel the excitement build as many people from across the United Kingdom started to see bright meteors and fireballs early on in the evening". The meteors look like they are coming from within the constellation Perseus.

But the bright moon will wash out the finer Perseids. Best thing to do is try and stay up late till midnight or even later, as that will give you the best shot to catch the meteors. In dark skies away from city lights you may see up to 40-50 meteors per hour.

Each year the Earth travels through the tail of dust and ice left behind by the comet.

As they burn up they can appear green, white and orange. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.

Vanessa Coleman