Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

Every year, our planet passes through a cloud of dust left behind a huge comet, and this year we're passing through from Monday 6 August to Sunday 19 August, but the night of the best and brightest of the meteor shower hitting our atmosphere will be Sunday 12 August!

However, the "bloody" British weather ruined the view for many people. A view from the Kefken Pink Rocks in the Kandira district of Kocaeli, Turkey on August 13, 2018.

But clouds and rain across the United Kingdom stopped a lot of British from seeing the celestial wonder.

Another said: "Experiencing my first ever Perseid Meteor Shower and actually seeing stars in this way is just lovely and wow".

Theatre director Luke John Emmett, from Bath, was also disappointed.

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

The best time to observe any meteor shower is after midnight (or after 1 a.m. if you're on daylight time), because then you are on the leading edge of the earth in its orbit around the sun and it sweeps up more meteor - just like bugs on your windshield on a freeway.

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. "It is really cool when you think about this as you see the these meteors falling from the sky", remarks Dr Quanzhi Ye, a planetary scientist based at California Institute of Technology, USA.

"The origin of the Perseid meteor shower is explained by tiny particles originating from a comet called Swift-Tuttle". Hence, during the strong activity of Perseids, the moon is expected to be a slender crescent, which will ensure sky is darker than usual.

Watching the shower doesn't require any special equipment, but viewers should stay find a spot away from artificial light, and NASA recommends allowing about 30 minutes without light-including your smartphone!-for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

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