Watch the Perseid meteor shower in East Anglia

Watch natures fireworks with the Peseid Meteor shower this August in East Anglia

The Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor show in East Anglia

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light this August as Earth passes through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle — and this month, it's rumoured to put on a spectacular show!

When you sit back to watch a meteor shower, you're actually seeing the pieces of comet debris heat up as they enter the atmosphere and burn up in a bright burst of light.

When they're in space, the pieces of debris are called "meteoroids," but when they reach Earth's atmosphere, they're then called "meteors." and they are about the size of a grain of sand.

Here's how and when to see the Perseids.

When and where to see the meteor shower...

Watch the Perseid meteor shower in East Anglia

The Earth will pass through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from July 17 to Aug. 24, with the shower's peak occurring on Aug. 12.

On the night of Aug. 11, the moon's light will interfere with the Perseids, but it will set at about 1 a.m. on Aug. 12  so the best time to look for them will be after moonset.

They can appear all over the sky, but they will always look like they're streaking away from Perseus in the northern sky.

What do you need to see them...

Watch the Perseid meteor shower in East Anglia

The key to seeing a meteor shower is to take in as much sky as possible! Go to a dark area, in the countryside or on the coastline of East Anglia, and prepare to sit outside for a few hours.

It takes about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark, and the longer you wait outside, the more you'll see!

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