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The Perseids are among the most active showers of the year but their late night peak might be daunting to most astronomy enthusiasts.

According to Dr Morgan Hollis of the Royal Astronomical Society, the shower will peak on the night between Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13.

The astronomy expert told the eclipse will be best seen before sunrise on Monday, with a few tens of meteors streaking by every hour.

He said: “The best time to look will be on the night of August 12 when the sky is darkest, around midnight and in the early hours of the morning, at the peak of the shower.

“Some meteors should be visible as soon as it gets dark though – after 9pm in London – and some will also be visible in the nights before and after the peak, although with fewer meteors occurring per hour.”

But if you would rather stay indoors on the potentially chilly morning of the shower’s peak, the good news is there is a way to catch the shooting stars online.

Courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, the 2018 Perseid meteor shower will be streamed live over the internet.

Gianluca Masi, director of the Virtual Telescope Project, told the skies this year will be “perfect” to enjoy the famous shower.

The embedded YouTube livestream below will kick off on the night of August 12 at 8.30pm UTC or 9.30pm UK time.

The meteor shower stream will broadcast live from the picturesque Castel Santa Maria in Italy’s Perugia province.

In a statement, the Virtual Telescope said: “At Virtual Telescope we will broadcast the meteor shower live, online for free.

“We will share our all-sky camera, to show any potential meteor it captured.

“This year, because of the excellent sky conditions we mentioned above, we will be broadcasting our live feed from Castel Santa Maria, where the local community is working on a very important project to restore the local 16th-century church, of huge historic and artistic value, damaged by several earthquakes.”

Conditions this year are expected to be ideal thanks to the darkened New Moon keeping the skies dark thought the shower.

The Perseids arrive each year in the night skies when the Earth passes through the cosmic trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The meteor shower always starts around mid-July and wraps towards the end of August, peaking about mid-way through.

During the peak, when the meteors are most intense, up to 100 have been known to brightly burn up in the atmosphere.

Dr Hollis said: “The Perseid shower happens every year around the same time, as the Earth passes through the same clump of debris on its yearly journey around the Sun.

“This debris was left by the comet Swift-Tuttle, last passing through the Solar System in 1992.

“As we look at them from Earth, the meteors seem to come from a small region of the sky in the constellation of Perseus, hence the name ‘Perseid’.”

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