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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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Friday (24 February 2017)
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NW 11 15 NW 9 15 WNW 10 17 NW 8 15 WNW 6 12 W 4 9 WSW 5 10 SW 5 12 SW 6 14 SW 7 16 SW 7 15
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53% 49% 45% 45% 46% 49% 52% 56% 59% 63% 67%
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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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SSW 7 16 SSW 8 18 SW 8 19 SW 9 21 SSW 9 21 SSW 10 24 SSW 11 25 SSW 12 27 SSW 13 28 SW 13 29 SW 14 29 SW 15 31 SW 14 29 SW 15 31 SW 15 31 SW 15 32 SW 15 32 SW 15 31 SW 14 30 SW 14 31 SW 14 30 SW 14 31 SW 13 28 SW 13 28
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VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G G G VG G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG
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65% 65% 69% 77% 82% 82% 83% 81% 80% 79% 79% 79% 79% 79% 77% 77% 81% 81% 82% 83% 85% 87% 89% 90%
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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:55 Sunset: 17:33 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Sunday (26 February 2017)
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Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
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9  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  °
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7  ° 8  ° 6  ° 6  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 6  °
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SW 12 27 WSW 9 21 WSW 9 19 SW 9 19 SW 14 29 SW 17 35 SSW 15 33 SSW 17 35
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91% 89% 84% 77% 68% 68% 77% 79%
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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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Overcast Heavy rain Light rain Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower night Cloudy
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10  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 7  ° 6  ° 4  °
Warnings
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6  ° 5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 3  ° 2  ° 1  °
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30% 90% 60% 30% 40% 40% 50% <5%
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SSW 17 34 SW 13 25 SSW 10 20 SSW 12 23 SSW 16 32 SW 16 31 SW 13 27 SW 12 23
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81% 88% 86% 84% 73% 73% 74% 76%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:51 Sunset: 17:37 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (28 February 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Light shower day Light shower night Partly cloudy night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
4  ° 4  ° 3  ° 4  ° 7  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
Warnings
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SW 11 22 SW 11 21 SW 11 20 WSW 12 23 W 15 30 W 16 32 W 13 26 WSW 13 24
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VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
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78% 81% 82% 78% 62% 57% 66% 72%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:49 Sunset: 17:38 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (1 March 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Clear night Cloudy Light rain Light rain Sunny intervals Clear night Clear night
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4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 6  ° 8  ° 10  ° 8  ° 7  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
1  ° 1  ° 1  ° 3  ° 5  ° 6  ° 5  ° 3  °
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10% <5% 10% 40% 40% 20% 10% 10%
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W 12 24 WSW 11 21 WSW 10 18 SW 11 21 SW 13 25 WSW 16 31 WSW 14 27 WSW 13 25
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG G G VG VG VG
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79% 82% 84% 81% 74% 67% 68% 73%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 17:40 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Thursday (2 March 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Clear night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Light shower night Clear night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
6  ° 5  ° 4  ° 7  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 7  °
Warnings
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2  ° 2  ° 1  ° 3  ° 6  ° 6  ° 5  ° 4  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 30% 30% 30%
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WSW 13 23 WSW 11 21 SW 9 17 SW 11 21 SW 14 27 SW 14 26 SW 13 23 SW 12 22
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
Humidity arrow down
76% 80% 84% 76% 66% 71% 77% 81%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 17:42 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.