NASA has called it “one of the best annual meteor showers”, however the meteors are faint so are easy to miss in the night sky. The meteor shower is set to peak tonight, going into the early hours of January 4. According to the International Meteor Organisation, the best viewing will occur shortly before 8am GMT, with those in the Northern Hemisphere likely to get front row seats. The Royal Observatory, Greenwich said that the best place to watch the shower is away from major cities where there is little light pollution.
It said: “For the best conditions, you want to find a safe location away from street lights and other sources of light pollution.”
The world-famous London-based observatory added no special equipment is needed to view this meteor shower.
It said: “The meteors can be seen in all parts of the sky, so it’s good to be in a wide-open space where you can scan the night sky.”
NASA advised: “Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.
“Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.
“In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.
“Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.”
However, as is often the case with the UK during January, the majority of the country is expected to be overshadowed by cloudy skies, making the spectacle even harder to see.
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