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The Perseid meteor shower

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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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Thursday (23 February 2017)
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Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
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10  ° 9  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  °
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5  ° 5  ° 4  ° 3  ° 3  ° 2  ° 2  ° 2  ° 2  °
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<5% 10% <5% 10% <5% 10% <5% <5% <5%
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W 26 53 W 26 52 W 23 48 WNW 21 43 WNW 18 38 WNW 16 33 WNW 15 30 WNW 13 27 WNW 12 24
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48% 53% 61% 63% 65% 68% 68% 70% 72%
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1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:59 Sunset: 17:30 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Friday (24 February 2017)
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WNW 12 24 WNW 12 25 WNW 11 23 WNW 10 22 WNW 11 22 WNW 9 20 WNW 10 20 WNW 9 19 WNW 9 18 WNW 9 17 WNW 9 18 WNW 10 19 WNW 9 17 WNW 8 16 WNW 9 17 WNW 9 17 W 8 14 W 7 14 W 5 11 WSW 6 12 SW 7 13 SW 7 14 SW 7 16 SW 8 17
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E E E VG VG VG VG VG G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G G VG VG VG
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74% 74% 74% 74% 72% 73% 72% 72% 72% 70% 65% 58% 51% 48% 45% 44% 46% 48% 51% 53% 60% 64% 66% 66%
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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:57 Sunset: 17:31 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Saturday (25 February 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
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7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  °
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4  ° 4  ° 5  ° 5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  °
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10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20%
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SW 8 18 SW 10 23 SW 12 26 SW 14 29 SW 15 31 SW 16 33 SW 16 33 SW 16 31
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66% 78% 80% 79% 76% 77% 79% 82%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:55 Sunset: 17:33 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Sunday (26 February 2017)
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Light rain Overcast Overcast Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
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6  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  °
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SW 15 29 SW 13 25 SW 11 22 SW 12 23 SW 15 29 SW 17 33 SW 16 31 SW 16 31
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86% 89% 90% 82% 74% 72% 79% 81%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:53 Sunset: 17:35 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Monday (27 February 2017)
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Light rain Light rain Light rain Heavy rain Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Light shower night Partly cloudy night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 7  ° 8  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
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SSW 15 30 SW 13 26 SW 11 20 SSW 12 23 SW 16 31 SW 17 33 SW 13 26 SW 12 24
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84% 84% 87% 85% 74% 70% 74% 75%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:51 Sunset: 17:37 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (28 February 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Light shower night Clear night
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5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 7  ° 8  ° 7  ° 5  °
Warnings
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1  ° 1  ° 1  ° 1  ° 3  ° 4  ° 3  ° 2  °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 40% 30% 10%
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SW 12 24 SW 11 22 SW 10 19 WSW 11 20 WNW 13 26 WNW 14 27 WNW 11 22 WNW 12 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
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78% 81% 83% 83% 69% 59% 65% 73%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:49 Sunset: 17:38 Moon phase: New
Wednesday (1 March 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Light shower night Clear night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
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1  ° 0  ° 0  ° 1  ° 5  ° 5  ° 4  ° 3  °
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<5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 20% 30% 30%
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W 11 21 W 10 19 W 9 17 W 10 18 W 12 23 WSW 11 23 WSW 9 19 W 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG G G VG
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78% 82% 84% 80% 67% 65% 71% 76%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 17:40 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
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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.