When is the next meteor shower in the UK? From Eta Aquariids to the Perseid, here is the 2019 celestial calendar

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When is the next meteor shower in the UK? From Eta Aquariids to the Perseid, here is the 2019 celestial calendar



STARGAZERS take note – another spectacular event is about to take place.
So grab a blanket, turn your eyes to the sky at night and get cosy, as we guide you through the space rock calendar for 2019 .
SWNS The Perseid Meteor Shower seen over The Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor, Devon
When are the next meteor showers coming to the UK?
A show-stopping display known as an Eta Aquariid peaked in our skies on the night of May 6.
The celestial display is caused by debris from Comet Halley.
Each year, Earth crosses the orbital path of the comet in late April and May.
This results in dust and particles from the comet illuminating the sky as Eta Aquariid meteors.
Here are the 2018 meteor shower dates:

Eta Aquariids – April 21 – May 20
Perseid – August 12 – 13
Draconid – October 8 – 9
Orionid – October 21 – 22

GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY These pictures were taken in Northumberland in August 2016, when one meteor shower took place
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What is a meteor shower?
Meteor showers take place when space rocks, also known as meteoroids, enter the earth’s atmosphere.
As it falls towards earth, the resistance of the air on the rock makes it hot and air around it glows – which has led to them being known as shooting stars.
When there are numerous rocks at the same time, this is known as a meteor shower.
Meteoroids are often so small they burn up in the earth’s atmosphere, so there is little chance of a collision.
Meteor showers are named after the constellation where the rocks appear to be coming from.
The best way to watch a meteor shower and spot shooting stars

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