One of the most popular stargazing events of the year has returned with thousands hoping to catch a glimpse of the Perseid Meteor Shower.
Shooting stars are expected to be spotted from this evening, Sunday August 11 onwards with the peak spotting period expected Monday night and Tuesday night.
In the best conditions you can catch up to 80 meteors an hour.
But you’ll need to be prepared if you want to catch even a glimpse as the moon will be close to full – meaning it will wash out all but the biggest flashes of light.
The best time to see anything in the night sky is when the sky is darkest and when the target is at its highest position in the sky.
For meteor showers, this usually occurs between midnight and the very early hours of the morning.
Where should I be looking?
Stargazers are advised to look for less built-up areas to avoid light from street lights, so the hills around Bristol could be perfect.
People should look towards the East.
The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point from the constellation Perseus, which moves higher as the evening wears on.
Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.
But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as “Earthgrazers”, can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon, according to the news website.
Described as one of the most active, the Perseid Meteor Shower is considered one of the best showers by stargazers.
Up to 80 meteors can be seen an hour in the best conditions and there is also the chance to see ‘fire balls’ or metoers with very long trains during the shower.
This particular phenomenon happens when parts off a large metoer are broken off when coming close to the sun and enter Earth’s atmosphere.
Travelling at around 36 miles per second the Perseid Shower sees the meteors vaporise when hitting our atmosphere, while the larger ones can explode in fire balls.