All you need to know to catch 50-75 ‘shooting stars’ an hour this week!

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The Perseid meteor shower or Id-Dmugh ta San Lawrenz as we say in Maltese, is the biggest meteor shower of the year.

Here’s what you need to know to see as many shooting stars as possible here in Malta:

When to go

This meteor shower started on the 17th of July and is expected to last till the 24th of August.

However, the peak will be on the nights of the 11th and 12th of August. It’s on these nights that you can expect shooting stars to light up the sky the most!

Where to go

Location is key, especially this year.

Head to somewhere dark, as far away from street or house lights as possible.

We’re talking areas like Mellieha, Zurrieq, Siggiewi, Rabat or Mgarr.

Unfortunately, this year the moon’s not in our favour as full moon is on the 15th of August making the night sky brighter, so you really must find somewhere completely devoid of light to maximise your chances.

The best time

Well, at night obviously. But more specifically, the meteor shower’s peak is before dawn on August the 13th, perfect if you’re on shutdown this week.

If not, don’t worry- you should be able to catch a good amount anytime after midnight on the next few nights, particularly tonight when the moon’s not as bright as it will be later this week.

What to take with you

You’re definitely going to need a towel to lie on, some cushions to make yourself comfortable, snacks, drinks and mosquito repellent.

It might get a lil’ chilly if you’re in the countryside in the early hours so take a light jacket or a long-sleeved top with you.

Who to take with you

Well, that’s completely up to you.

Tag your friends/partner/family in the comments and let them know about the Perseid meteor shower!

Oh, and don’t forget to make a wish!

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