Meteor shower lights up Sussex sky

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Stargazers have been treated to a delightful display, as the Perseid meteor shower appeared in skies overnight.

It's said to be happening over the next two nights also so have a look and enjoy!

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky. In dark skies away from city lights you may see up to 40-50 meteors per hour. The debris comes into contact with the Earth's atmosphere, creating a reaction that is similar to that of fireworks, which is what the Perseid meteor shower is responsible for.

To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night.

Perseid meteor shower happening this weekend
Perseid meteor shower happening this weekend

The meteor show began a few weeks ago and is expected to continue for another week.

A tip from Mr Scagell is not to look towards the radiant, but to direct your gaze in the opposite direction. "In this case cloud cover is what is important and it's very hard to predict cloud cover, it can vary from kilometre to kilometre".

"The Perseids can be very bright and often spectacular". Last night was the peak time, but due to cloud cover and fog developing, you could not see much. "Past year it was a lot more than that" said Dan Ruby, Fleischmann Planetarium Director. They are little pieces of cosmic dust and debris that are left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.

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