Perseid Meteor shower peaks this weekend

The annual weeks long Perseid meteor shower will hit its peak Saturday with best viewing after

The shower produces up to 150 meteors per hour, making it the "brightest shooting star" displays of the year. Every August, earthlings can see this celestial event, which displays one of the brightest shooting stars.

On this night, the moon will be around three-quarters full, making it trickier to spot the shower in the sky.

The retired astronaut said the earth gets hit by about 50 tons of meteors every day, but a Perseid meteor shower happens when comets leave a debris field behind them.

If you stay up late to find your area covered in cloud, or you live in a busy city with high levels of light pollution, then you can watch the live stream here. The Perseids refer to a regular occurrence of meteorites that appear to come from the Perseus constellation.

Anytime you are outside at night, give your eyes time to adjust and you will see more than you have seen before!

The Perseids are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", Scagell said.

The Swift-Tuttle comet orbits the sun every 135 years but at nearly 90 degrees to the orbit of the Earth.

Kim Harris from Haywards Heath also tweeted to say she saw two meteors in the space of 10 minutes last night.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

Many scientists regard this as one of the most exciting astronomical occurrences of the year as around 80 meteors fall per hour.

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