Perseid meteor shower lights up the sky with spectacular displays

Reuters

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The Perseid Meteor shower normally peaks each year during a new moon however it will not do so again for another eight years.

Ellis said you can expect to see 50-100 meteors per hour, "shooting stars".

Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 - including the spectacular Perseids shower which was at its peak overnight - as well as where and how to see them.

The meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the sky and hence the name Perseids.

Yet, light pollution in towns and cities can prevent optimum viewing conditions, and reduce the visibility of the shooting stars.

Meteor shower watching and meteor counting is typically a fun exercise for young kids as well as college students.

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Temperatures can reach as high as 10,000F (5,537F) as meteors - most of which are no bigger than a grain of sand - travel across the sky at speeds of 36 miles a second.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. This year the moon is only a crescent and sets before midnight making the sky even darker.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky!

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view. Historical observations show that Perseids has been a super active meteor shower for a long time.

'So I've stayed awake to watch the Perseid meteor shower with my window open, just to get drenched, ' said Jill Kitching on Twitter.

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