Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

As the particles, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a pea, hit the Earth's atmosphere at 60km (37 miles) per second, they burn up and streak across the sky. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.

The Perseid's shooting stars are caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet (Photo: Shutterstock)What are the Perseids? That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks.

The best time to view the Perseid meteor shower in the United Kingdom is around midnight and during the very earliest hours of the morning.

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There will also be a partial solar eclipse on August 11.

It's the biggest meteor shower of the year, so you better stay up late and grab your binoculars.

The best place to view the meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, during the pre-dawn hours.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark. Some more good news - with the New Moon coming on August 11, the light pollution will be low. Consequently, viewers are in for an especially bright show. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky so try and find an open area, away from street lights.

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