Massive Perseid meteor shower lights up night sky

The Perseid meteor shower lit up the sky over Sussex last night (Saturday, August 12).

One of those who stayed up was Twitter user John-GM7PBB who lives on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi A meteor streaks past stars in the night sky above the Jill Windmill, during the Perseid meteor shower in Brighton, southern Britain, August 12, 2017.

SHOOTING stars are not just something to make wish upon - they are an opportunity to witness nature at its most unbelievable.

Because the density of the dust cloud varies, the meteors are not evenly spaced out.

He told Sky News: "This is very rare as there is usually a build up, but the shower started with a bang".

You will be able to see the meteors with the naked eye on a clear evening. The further away the chosen destination is from any major city, the higher chances of better seeing these meteors due to decreased levels of light pollution.

People of the northern hemisphere were dazzled with the Perseid meteor shower.

But most of the meteors in the Perseids are much too small for that: they're about the size of a grain of sand. The Perseid meteors come quite swiftly. "I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday".

"You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors".

To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night.

August is a big month for stargazers and astronomy fans, but this weekend's meteor shower may leave a little bit to be desired.

Vanessa Coleman

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