Tonight the UK will see the biggest meteor shower of the year

Virgin Radio

17 Nov 2022, 12:14

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If you fancy seeing something special, don't forget to look up tonight.

Fingers crossed the fog and rain that has plagued most of the UK this week will clear off, in order to view the biggest meteor shower of the year tonight.

Stagazers will be in for a treat if they can get a good view.

Tonight (November 17) there will reportedly be an enormous number of shooting stars.

It's being predicted that there will be 15 shooting stars an hour.

The display is set to peak from tonight until early tomorrow morning.

It is reportedly 10 times bigger than your typical meteor shower.

So what causes the meteor shower?

It's reported that we're in for the impressive sky show because the Earth will be passing through a comet tail, of 55P/Tempel-Tuttle.

According to the American Meteor Society (AMS) experts Mikhail Maslov and Mikiya Sato explained that the meteors will be visible tonight and tomorrow, and also Saturday.

It is known as the Leonid meteor shower and is made up of debris from the comet that enters our atmosphere.

If you want to see it, the meteors will apparently be most visible between midnight and dawn tonight.

Fingers crossed the weather cooperates!