Crowds turn up for meteor shower event

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However, "The Perseids will be a little more hard to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak", quoted Cooke.

The Perseids meteor shower was to start Friday and continue through Sunday but the peak night for viewing is tonight, says Jay Elliott from the Florida Keys Astronomy Club.

Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are the best places to watch the shower because of the low rate of light pollution and clear sky-view without any urban light pollution.

He added: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky. But with this bright moon now, visibility will be less spectacular".

Dales delight The shower seen from near Hawes North Yorkshire
Dales delight The shower seen from near Hawes North Yorkshire

Milky Way is seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir, near Grandas de Salime, Spain August 11, 2017. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors". The Perseid shower's peak in 2018 will coincide with a new moon, according to Scientific American, meaning much clearer skies and many more meteors visible to the naked eye. The meteors are made of tiny dust and other particles from the tail of the comet as it orbits around the sun.

And the best time to see meteors streak across the sky will be in the pre-dawn hours of August 12 and 13.

Perseids are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle and often create the most incredible meteor shower of the year. As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits.

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