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Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower

13 August 2018

Tonight, there will be a few clouds around, but you should still be able to see the meteors! With the moon in a new phase, the sky will remain exceptionally dark when between 70 and 150 meteors per hour may be seen, depending on one's viewing location.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.

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Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the US can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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And you don't need to be an astronomer to get a good view. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky! Or head to the North Cascades, overlooking famously turquoise Diablo Lake near Colonial Creek South Campground.

The Perseids meteor shower has returned to the skies, putting on a spectacular show for stargazers in the northern hemisphere.

You'll have a attractive view of one of nature's greatest shows.

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Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower