The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, and their frequency and visibility mean even those with no experience of stargazing have the chance to see them with the naked eye. The showers leave behind streaks of bright colors and "fireball" explosions of light.
Meteor showers occur when meteoroids, the rocks and debris left behind by a comet, enter the Earth's atmosphere.
This week, the possibility of seeing shooting stars increases significantly, as we run up to the zenith of the annual Perseids meteor shower. Saturn will be visible in the band of stars above Sagittarius and Mars will be out all night, hanging low in the southeast as the sky darkens.More news: Heatwave to come to a crashing end with thunderstorms and cooler temperatures
Earth is now passing through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle and the best meteor shower of the year will happen this weekend as a result. When the Earth crosses paths with this debris, specks of small particles hit the earth's atmosphere and disintegrate in flashes of light.
The eclipse can be seen from the North Pole and in northern cities.
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A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015, in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. However, most like the Perseid, can only be seen under ideal conditions, which according to Blake, will take place August 10-14. To reduce light pollution from vehicles, visitors are asked to park at the Three Maidens Picnic Area and walk to the Visitor Center parking lot.
The peak of the meteor shower will be at around 3.30am on August 13. "You really have to get out in the country", he said.
This year, it is possible to see more shooting stars than last year.More news: Green Bay Packers: 3 possible trades to acquire Khalil Mack
It may take a little while before you see one, and it's easy to look away and miss one!