Saturday, August 12, 2017

UK: Saturday night to feature better views of Perseid meteor shower

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 12,2017, 10:21:12AM,EDT
The Perseid meteor shower will streak across the sky of the United Kingdom this weekend, and the weather will offer the best viewing conditions on Saturday night.
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Little in the way of cloud cover is expected from eastern Scotland to the Midlands and southwestern England.
More cloudy spells are in store for southeastern England and western parts of the U.K., but there should be enough partial clearing for those in London, Belfast and Glasgow to catch a glimpse of the meteors.
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Cloud spells are likely to make western Northern Ireland the worst location in the U.K. to view the meteor shower.
Sky gazers throughout the U.K. will want to grab a jacket before heading outdoors on Saturday night. Temperatures will dip down to 6-9 C (40s F) across the interior and the lower teens C (50-55 F) along the coast and in the London area.
“The waning gibbous moon will wash out the full potential of this meteor shower, which could otherwise produce closer to 100 meteors per hour at its peak,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.
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More meteors will be seen after midnight than the evening, but the late night is also when the moon will rise higher in the sky, making it difficult to see all of the meteors.
"The moon will wash out the faint meteors," Samuhel said.
“Sky gazers will want to start looking for meteors immediately after sunset before the moon rises,” Samuhel said. “But even later at night, you will still see the brighter meteors."
The Perseid meteor shower is most known for very bright meteors streaking across the sky, according to Samuhel.
“The meteors leave 'smoke trails,' technically known as trains,” he said. “You will be able to see these bright meteors despite the moon.”
Even after the shower's peak, some meteors may still be seen streaking across the sky early next week. However, clouds and rain from a new depression will once again spoil the show.

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