Will clouds obscure your view of the Perseid meteor shower?

Will clouds obscure your view of the Perseid meteor shower?

Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

According to Nasa, the meteor shower will enjoy its highest activity from 4 pm ET (9 pm BST) on Sunday 12th until 4 am (9 am BST) on Monday 13th.

This year's Perseid meteor shower promises to be one of the best for stargazers as a new Moon bringing darker skies.

The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most reliable showers year-after-year as Comet Swift-Tuttle that creates has been in orbit for thousands of years.

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Cam and Dursley Astronomy Club members are making the most of the year's biggest and best display of shooting stars by holding their annual "shooting star party" this coming Saturday, on Stinchcombe Hill.

As Cooke concluded: "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".

"This year the moon is young and will not obstruct the vision, so we will be able to see 100 "shooting stars" an hour", Muhamed Muminovic, a member of the Sarajevo Orion astrological society, told Reuters.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

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