Perseid Meteor Shower viewing at Brandy Creek Beach

Posted August 14, 2017

In the United States, the meteor shower is being seen as an opening act for the first solar eclipse to cross that country in 99 years, which is expected on 21 August.

"The shower is visible pan India in the sky towards north, although clouds and bad weather conditions are likely to effect the visibility at a few places", the statement added.

"Last year's Perseids excelled with 200 meteors an hour".

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky.

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Thousands took to social media to share their pictures of the the shooting stars and their thoughts about the occasion as the meteors fell over the United Kingdom earlier today.

The Perseids are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The celestial event will be most visible in the pre-dawn hours.

The peak time to watch the light show is around 10 p.m. on Saturday night, but it's expected to illuminate the sky Sunday night as well. You'll still be able to see meteors following moon rise but the number of "shooting stars" you spot won't likely be as high.

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It's made up of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet and happens every August.

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

These factors could be caused by the weather, or too much brightness from the moon - which is said to be the event's biggest hurdle since it has been full since August 7, and will likely emanate enough light that may outshine the meteor's luster in the night sky.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular", said Mr Scagell.

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