In case you haven’t seen, the annual highlight of any stargazer’s calendar is coming up this weekend, fingers crossed this drier weather holds out.

PA-10-Feb-Perseid-meteorWhether astronomy is your cup of tea or not, there is no denying that this natural wonder is incredible to behold. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year, and peaks at a certain time throughout the month. This year, the shower is set to peak on Saturday 12th August, with visibility from 11th -13th.

Whilst the shower is visible from the naked eye, you’ll have better visibility in a darker, more open area. Luckily for us, the Northern Hemisphere is the best place to view, but be prepared to stay up late or get up early to see the best show.

The Perseid meteor shower is named after the Perseus constellation, from which they originate, and the glimpses you’ll see are actually debris from the tail of a comet. Usually during the peak night you could expect from 60-100 meteors per hour, however, this year is set to amaze with approximately 150 per hour.

If you don’t have any plans this weekend, why not take advantage of this wondrous, free of charge, evening of entertainment.