Wish upon a star.
Or so the saying goes…and if that star is a shooting star, and you have a wish to make, then now is the time to get outside and look to the heavens because the Perseid Meteor Shower is upon us.
In the northern hemisphere you’re very likely to see at least one shooting star if you have a nice clear sky. According to Nasa, the shower could produce a display of up to 80 meteors per hour!
Best advice says you should find a spot well away from local light sources as this significantly affects your ability to see the fainter shooting stars but worry not if you can’t do that. In the space of about 20 minutes last night, just stood outside the back door of the house with lots of local light pollution, I saw two lovely bright shooting stars streaking off to the south-west.
I’ll be out again tonight, weather and cloud cover permitting, in the hope of seeing some more. Try it yourself…and maybe make a wish. You never know what might happen.