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There Will Be A Huge Meteor Shower Filling Manchester Skies This Weekend

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The famous Perseid meteor shower is back this weekend and residents in Greater Manchester are in with a chance of spotting some shooting stars.

Meteors, or streaks of light in the sky, move so quickly stargazers can almost miss them. Commonly, they are referred to as shooting stars and can even turn into seconds long fireballs in the night sky.

The annual event is the most famous, providing amateur gazers a glimpse of shooting stars.

The Perseids can be seen from the end of July and throughout August, with peak dates between the 12th and 13th of August.

A Met Office spokesperson said that up to 100 meteors can be seen in night skies during peak dates.

The shooting stars are caused by debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle hitting the earth’s atmosphere, before they fizzle out into the sky.

Light cloud and rain is predicted in Manchester tonight and tomorrow, so stargazers will have to hope skies clear up in time for the showers.

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