Map shows best places to watch weekend meteor shower


The United States, Europe, and Canada will be able to see the Perseids at their best, with similarly stellar views in Mexico and Central America, Asia, much of Africa, and parts of South America.

Cam and Dursley Astronomy Club members are making the most of the year's biggest and best display of shooting stars by holding their annual "shooting star party" this coming Saturday, on Stinchcombe Hill.

The cosmic spectacle happens as the Earth ploughs through debris trailing behind the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high. They can reach between 3,000 and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit during this shower.

As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop. You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom tonight - though cloud is forecast in Cumbria.

You'll have a lovely view of one of nature's greatest shows.