Hopefully one more good night to wish upon a shooting star

We are all made of stars The night sky blankets Highway 2 on a balmy summer night.
Image Erik Pierce

We are all made of stars The night sky blankets Highway 2 on a balmy summer night. Image Erik Pierce

The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, with the peak night for the shooting stars falling on this Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday. Boer said some folks near the Maple Fire in the Olympic National Forest or in the Cascades might still be dealing with smoke and haze and that could reduce visibility.

He said: "This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight".

According to Nasa, the meteor shower will enjoy its highest activity from 4 pm ET (9 pm BST) on Sunday 12th until 4 am (9 am BST) on Monday 13th. We're talking the Perseid meteor shower, which is visible every year when Earth passes through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

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This year, the Perseids shower will last overall from August 10 to 14, with the peak taking place this weekend.

People looking up at the night sky in Central America, Asia, Africa and parts of South America were able to see the display, that is also known as the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence".

While shooting stars were seen flitting across the sky in the Czech Republic as well.

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The meteor shower gained its name from the Perseus constellation - which is the area in space the meteors fly away from.

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.

Historical observations show that Perseids has been a super active meteor shower for a long time. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

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