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While a bright moon might affect the Perseids' visibility to some degree, the meteor shower should still be outstanding because of a significant number of bright and colorful fireballs, the museum said.

The clouds cleared across many areas of the United Kingdom to give astronomy fans a glimpse of the stunning shower, and the stunning spectacle was also visible across Europe. The upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21 has seen hundreds of thousands of people make arrangements to get the best possible view of the phenomenon - the first of its kind since 1979. Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 26km wide.

The multi-coloured streaks are so called because the radiant (the point they appear to come from) is within the constellation Perseus - a Greek hero and slayer of monsters. The particles - which can be as small as a grain of sand - meet a fiery end after roughly a thousand years, as part of the comet's dust cloud.

Butler, Pa - Meteor showers happen yearly, but only 1 meteor shower is the brightest. According to Nasa, this year, the annual shooting star display peaks between 11 and 13 August.

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley.

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When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

He said: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky". Peak viewing will be Saturday night through early Sunday morning.

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862.

Scagell also said that this phenomenon is absolutely bright and spectacular.

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