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The Perseid meteor shower is set to peak above London tonight

By Charley Ross

If you’re sick of the star-smudging smog that comes with living in London, here’s a sparkly treat for you to look out for this month.

Nature’s cosmic version of fireworks, the Perseid meteor shower, is the crazy beautiful result of the earth’s path through the Swift-Tuttle comet’s trail. Look up and you can expect super-twinkly skies and an abundance of shooting stars. 

You can catch it between now and August 24, according to London’s Royal Observatory. But bear in mind that the shower will be at its peak (the time where you get all the best pics, basically) tonight (Monday August 12) between midnight and 5am.

Perseid even comes specially recommended by Nasa, which reckons it’s one of the best to catch each year. If that’s not a reason to check it out, what is?

Grab some friends, some lawn chairs and a pair of binoculars and get to it. You can try and see the sparklers from the city, or head out of town to escape the light pollution. 

Check out the best places to stargaze in London.

And the darkest skies in the UK

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