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Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight @ 10pm

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Sky-watchers could be in for "fantastic views" over the next two days as the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.

According to Nasa, the shower could produce a display of up to 80 meteors per hour.

"A waxing crescent moon will set before the shower becomes active, setting a perfect stage for meteor watching," said the US space agency on its website.

Experts are urging people to head away from city lights for the best views.

John Mason from the British Astronomical Association (BAA) told BBC News: "Weather-permitting, we should be in for a very good show across the UK.

"The shower has been ongoing for a week now and we have already seen some very bright meteors whizzing overhead."

The Perseid meteor shower is caused by debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Every 133 years, the huge comet swings through the inner part of our Solar System and leaves behind a trail of dust and gravel.

When Earth passes through the debris, specks hit our atmosphere at 140,000mph and disintegrate in flashes of light.

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Guest Yilmaz

I saw one on Tuesday night, before I even knew there was a shower. Was quite pleased.

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oi why do d rocks disintegrate when dey enter the atmosphere?

Think it's to do with the thickness of the air and the speed at which the rocks are travelling. Burns them up or something in some chemical reaction.... I may be talking sh*t though.

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Hopefully its clear and we get to see alot.

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Thunderstorms are mad to watch hopefully we get a few decent ones here soon.

These ones from kent last month look f*cked up type of sh*t you only see in america

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THIS IS GONNA SOUND REAL STUPID BUT I LITTERALY JUS LOOK UP AND I'M GONNA SEE THIS WHEREVER IN THE COUNTRY I AM?

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Guest Yilmaz

1. Thanks for the neg. Keep negging in fact

2. The shooting star I saw on Tuesday has been the source of my good fortune this week.

3. Jajajajajaj!

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Same

skys clear round my ways but i cant see no shooting stars

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