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Chris Hadfield weighs in on the Perseid meteor shower

14 August 2017

The meteor shower began on July 17 and is expected to end on August 27, which means that people still have a chance of catching a glimpse of the wonderful phenomenon.

The Perseid meteor shower is poised to reach its peak this weekend (12/13 August), giving stargazers a chance to get a rare glimpse of a spectacular night-time display.

But experts have warned that with the moon at three-quarters full, it may make it harder this year to spot the meteors as they fly past. This year, as many as two of the streaking flashes of light may be visible every minute, given a good location and clear skies.

Shed from the tail of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the annual show brings the brightest shooting stars we see in the United Kingdom and this August didn't disappoint.

Take a look at pictures in the gallery below.

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When does the Perseid meteor shower peak?

It is said to be one of the most breathtaking showstoppers with up to 100 shooting stars every hour. In general, the Perseid meteor showers have 80 meteors an hour. It last passed nearby Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126.

They are called the Perseids because they seem to come from near the north-east constellation Perseus, named after the Greek slayer of monsters.

Look up at a height that's approximately two-thirds of the way into the sky towards any direction to see the shower.

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

Chris Hadfield weighs in on the Perseid meteor shower