Meteor and fireball shower hits its peak, set to light up night skies

The night skies are set to be lit up by a fireball meteor shower.

Peak viewing time would from around midnight until 5am, but a full moon would limit how many meteors would be visible.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The shower would actually be visible earlier, from 9pm, but "you won't see nearly as many as you would had you gone out during the early morning hours", Nasa explained.

The meteors and fireballs were caused by debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle and it began lighting up the skies in July , but Nasa said it was now peaking.

Stardome Observatory Planetarium advised on their website stargazers should "watch out for bright shoots of light 'radiating' from a centre low on the horizon".

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