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What you need to know about the Perseid meteor shower

Avoid sources of light pollution in order to get a clear view of he night sky Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Stargazers can expect spectacular views of the annual Perseid meteor shower tonight and in the coming days.

The amazing night-time display will be at its height between the 11-14 August, and with the new moon at the same time conditions should be perfect for watching it.

What are the Perseids?

The Perseid meteors are named after the constellation Perseus, but they are actually part of the debris shed by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Each year the Earth passes through the comet's debris cloud and the meteors collide with our atmosphere and burn up, causing flashes of light.

Where is the best place to see them?

The northern hemisphere is the only place to see them - they aren't visible in the southern hemisphere.

Look in the northeast part of the sky, and avoid areas where light sources will hinder your night vision. That may be easier said than done in the city.

Do I need a telescope?

No. The Perseids can be seen with the naked eye, but they come in occasional showers so you may need to be patient.

Anything else I should know?

In addition to the Perseids, on Wednesday night the International Space Station will passes over the UK.

Appearing as a bright light alongside the meteors, it will be particularly visible in the south.