Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

Between 110 and 140 meteors per hour are expected to be seen on Sunday night.

"Under a very dark sky, you might see up to one Perseid per minute late on Sunday night or after midnight on Monday morning".

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the highpoints in the celestial calendar, occurs each year as the Earth ploughs through dusty debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the flawless backdrop for the late-summer nature show.

The space agency said the meteors are best seen in the pre-dawn hours around 2am local time when the Perseids are most intense. Small particles of comet dust burn up when entering Earth's atmosphere, creating the bright streaks (mistakenly) known as "shooting stars".

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Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

STARGAZERS across the region are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its best this weekend.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. There is also a parade of planets visible! Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

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