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The Perseid meteor shower

Meteor shower

Fri 12 Aug - Sat 13 Aug 2016

Meteors are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky so fast they can be seen in the blink of an eye. Commonly known as shooting stars, they can sometimes turn into bright fireballs that can last a few seconds.

The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor.

The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies. By the 10 August up to 15 meteors an hour can be seen on a clear sky.  

The peak dates to see the Perseid meteor shower are between the 12-13 August when up to 100 meteors an hour can be seen!

There will also be good rates either side of the peak shower between 11-12 August and 13-14 August.

Download our guide to watching the Perseid meteor shower (PDF, 133 kB) and keep an eye on the forecast for your area to find out whether clear skies will help you to see the Perseid meteor shower.

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  • Overcast 18 °C

    14 °C

  • Cloudy 23 °C

    15 °C

  • Light rain 19 °C

    14 °C

  • Cloudy 20 °C

    14 °C

  • Cloudy 21 °C

    15 °C

  • Cloudy 21 °C

    14 °C

Monday (Monday 24 July 2017)
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Precipitation probability Expand
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NW 9 15 W 5 9 W 5 12 W 6 12 W 6 11 WNW 6 11 NNW 8 17 NNW 10 19 NNW 11 21 NNW 12 24 NNW 13 25 NNW 13 25 NNW 13 26 NNW 13 26 NNW 13 26 NNW 13 25 NNW 12 24 NNW 11 23 NNW 10 21 NNW 10 20 NNW 8 17 NNW 7 16 NNW 7 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M VG G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G VG VG VG
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81% 79% 86% 82% 86% 89% 87% 87% 82% 81% 79% 78% 77% 76% 75% 74% 75% 76% 78% 78% 79% 80% 79%
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0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:12 Sunset: 21:01 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 25 July 2017)
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<5% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 20% 10%
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NNW 7 14 NNW 7 13 NNW 7 13 NNW 6 11 NW 5 10 NW 7 14 NW 5 11 NNE 5 9 SSE 4 7
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
79% 80% 82% 81% 69% 57% 51% 54% 66%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 4 6 3 1 0
Sunrise: 05:13 Sunset: 21:00 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 26 July 2017)
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18 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 18 °
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 5 10 SSW 5 9 SSW 6 13 SSW 10 20 SSW 13 26 SSW 13 27 SW 12 24 SW 10 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G VG VG M G G VG
Humidity Expand
74% 86% 85% 77% 81% 85% 85% 85%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:15 Sunset: 20:58 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Thursday (Thursday 27 July 2017)
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Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 15 °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 10 20 WSW 8 16 SW 8 16 WSW 11 23 WSW 14 28 WSW 14 29 WSW 12 24 WSW 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
77% 81% 79% 68% 55% 56% 58% 67%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 3 1 0
Sunrise: 05:16 Sunset: 20:57 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 28 July 2017)
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15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 17 ° 19 ° 20 ° 19 ° 18 °
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14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 17 ° 17 ° 17 ° 16 °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% 10% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 10 21 WSW 9 19 WSW 9 17 WSW 12 24 WSW 12 25 WSW 12 25 WSW 10 21 SW 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
70% 74% 77% 62% 51% 52% 60% 70%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 6 3 1 0
Sunrise: 05:18 Sunset: 20:56 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Saturday (Saturday 29 July 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 20 ° 20 ° 18 °
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15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 18 ° 16 °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 9 17 SW 9 17 SSW 8 16 SW 13 25 SW 14 28 SW 14 28 SW 12 25 SW 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G VG VG VG G G VG
Humidity Expand
78% 82% 85% 74% 66% 66% 71% 73%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 3 1 0
Sunrise: 05:19 Sunset: 20:54 Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Issued at:

12 - 13 August - Will the skies be clear for you to see this year's Perseid meteor shower? Check your local weather forecast.

The Perseid meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus as it appears to originate at the same point in the sky as the constellation.

Perseid Meteors tend to be brighter than most, so this shower is ideal for anyone wishing to see their first 'shooting star'.

The best weather conditions to see the Perseids are clear, cloudless skies. Late evening and into the hours before dawn are the best times to see the meteor shower, however you will see some in the early evening.

For more information about the Perseid meteor shower and other astronomy events, visit the Meteorwatch website.