UK sees biggest meteor shower of the year

Looking up this week would have given you a real light show treat.

The UK saw see the biggest meteor shower of the year on 17 November.

The huge show involved a whopping 200 shooting stars an hour – yes, you read that right.

It’s was as much as 10 times bigger than your typical meteor shower.

The spectacle is caused by the Earth passing through a comet tail – specifically, that of 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, Wales Online reports. It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

Night Sky with star

It was known as the Leonid meteor shower and it’s created by debris from the comet that enters our atmosphere at speeds as high as 70 kilometres a second.

Royal Museums Greenwich reported that the meteors visible tonight will actually be as small as a grain of sand and are expect to leave long trails in their wake.

This shower is one of the three still to take place this year, with the next meteor shower being the Geminids shower. 

It will reach its peak between 14 December and the 15th and there are expected to be a lot of bright meteors.

And the last shower of 2022 is the Ursids shower, which will peak very close to the holidays between 22 December and the 23rd.

However, this is expected to be a sparse shower.

That being said, it will still be visible until December 26, so it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of something to make your holidays even more special.

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