Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky with shooting star spectacular

And if you thought the video above looked lovely, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August).

Known as the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence", the celestial showcase takes place when the Earth ploughs through the galactic debris left discarded by the passing of the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

If you want to wish upon a shooting star, this is your weekend.

The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

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It is expected that onlookers will be able to see a shooting star every few minutes.

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.

NASA scientists advise that although they can be seen any time after 10 p.m., the best time to spot a flurry of meteors will be during the darkest part of the night, in the early hours before dawn, from 11 first light. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

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The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. You can expect 50-70 meteors per hour by getting away from cities and look to the sky!

No doubt some of you witnessed the stunning natural display caused by the Perseid meteor shower last night.

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