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Simon's Blog - Meteor Spotting

Meteor over Butser Hill Photo: Credit : John Cuthbert

Well it's a great week if you like a bit of night sky excitement.

There's already been plenty of this...

...the Supermoon Credit: Ken Burnett

And there's also been some of this...

...that's the International Space Station passing over Chilton in Oxfordshire. Credit: Tim Burgess

You're next chance to catch a glimpse of it is tonight at around 10.20 pm when it'll be travelling from west to east. But if you miss it....don't panic...it'll be passing again at around 11.55 pm too.

You can find out exactly when it's viewable by clicking here.

And as if that's not enough excitement for one night, if you're lucky you'll see plenty of bright lights hurtling through the sky as the Perseid Meteor Shower will be at it's peak tonight. With a decent bit of clear sky, and there should be a fair amount of that, you could see up to 100 meteors in an hour. The annual display is caused by the Earth passing through the rocky debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.

So good luck with your spotting and if you're clever enough to take a photo please email me meridianweather@itv.com or send me a tweet to SimonParkinITV if you're on Twitter.

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