How to watch the spectacular Perseids meteor shower

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Meteor showers dazzle the night sky, but the Perseids shower is special. It peaks on 12 August this year, and here's how to enjoy it, says Abigail Beall

Space 11 August 2021

By Abigail Beall

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EVERY so often, our planet’s path around the sun takes us through part of the solar system littered with the debris of a long-departed comet or asteroid. Dust and rocks come hurtling towards Earth. They hit our atmosphere, where they suddenly slow down and burn up, producing a beautiful display in our skies. Some of these meteor showers produce more dazzling displays than others, and the Perseids meteor shower, which peaks on 12 August this year, is one of the best.

It is caused by a cloud of debris left in the wake of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years …

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