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Major meteor shower action last night, more to come

Major meteor shower action last night, more to come

The moon will frustrate proceedings somewhat as a full moon is due on Thursday, meaning the sky will likely be washed out for the majority of viewers, but fear not, as the Perseids have an ace up their sleeve.

The meteor shower was at its peak last night, but activity in the night sky will continue until August 24.

The radiant of the 2018 Perseid meteor shower, as seen from Darwin at 5am on August 13. According to NASA, Perseid meteors are moving at 132,000 miles per hour.

As mentioned above, the further north you are, the better your chances of seeing a meteor will be.

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Some shots were taken from views not many of us will get to see, like this video taken from the front of an aircraft, shared by a NASA aerospace engineer. Earlier reports put this year's activity at about 50 meteors an hour. Tomorrow, the moon sets at 4:59 a.m.

The Swift-Tuttle comet puts on a brilliant show in the night sky. The debris is left behind the comet and creates a giant oval that extends from beyond Pluto to around the sun.

Unfortunately, the presence of a bright Moon this week will reduce the number of visible meteors.

The Perseid meteor shower, considered among the most reliable and best-known meteor showers, is expected to peak after midnight tonight and into Tuesday morning.