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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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  • Light shower day 10 °C

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  • Cloudy 12 °C

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  • Cloudy 12 °C

    6 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

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  • Sunny intervals 14 °C

    7 °C

Monday (24 April 2017)
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Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 20:12 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (25 April 2017)
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0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:45 Sunset: 20:13 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (26 April 2017)
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Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 20:15 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Thursday (27 April 2017)
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N 5 11 NNW 5 9 NW 5 9 NW 7 15 NW 7 17 NNW 7 18 NNW 7 17 N 6 12
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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78% 83% 82% 60% 43% 41% 51% 70%
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0 0 1 3 5 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:41 Sunset: 20:17 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Friday (28 April 2017)
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N 5 10 NNW 5 10 N 6 12 N 8 17 NNE 8 19 NNE 9 20 NNE 9 18 ENE 8 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:39 Sunset: 20:18 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Saturday (29 April 2017)
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10% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10%
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N 8 15 NNE 8 15 ESE 8 15 E 10 20 ESE 10 22 ESE 10 22 ESE 10 19 ESE 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G G G VG
Humidity Expand
78% 84% 86% 72% 61% 60% 62% 71%
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:37 Sunset: 20:20 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Sunday (30 April 2017)
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Cloudy Clear night Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny day Clear night
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 8 16 E 8 15 E 8 15 ESE 10 19 SE 12 24 SE 12 23 SE 10 20 SSE 10 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G VG G G VG VG
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80% 84% 85% 75% 59% 56% 61% 71%
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:35 Sunset: 20:21 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.