Perseid meteor shower: Stunning images emerge from shooting star display

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However, the Perseids meteor shower is so bright that it is actually visible through lightly polluted skies.

'Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable'.

If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north.

This is why some stargazers have managed to snap images of stars shooting across the sky. The name comes from fact that the meteors appear to shoot out from the Perseus constellation. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere.

Experts say the best views will be to the east, and observers should try to avoid built-up areas. This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12.

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Meteor showers are caused by dust breaking off of a comet.

What is the Perseids Meteor Shower?

The best viewing conditions this weekend will likely be over the northern and central Great Plains as well as parts of the Midwest, where skies are expected to be generally clear. "In December, you have the Geminids, which have more meteors per hour, but it's pretty cold and people don't want to go out and see them at that point", said Hendershot. "Even if the sky is dark enough, if you are exposed to any bright light nearby, your eyes will not be dark-adapted", said Bellavia.

But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from.

If you happen to be camping at a Provincial Park you likely picked the best weekend of the year.

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