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How to watch meteor showers in the UK

Stay safe

If you’re going away from home to go meteor hunting, go with a grown-up!


Take a warm jacket, hat, scarf, gloves and a blanket too if you can, it can get pretty chilly standing still outside at night. Treat yourself to a flask of hot chocolate if you really want to smash this!

Check the weather, you don’t want to be outside in the rain! Clouds will also stop you seeing much at all.

Location, location, location

Ideally find open area like a park or maybe a field, avoid places where the sky is hidden by tall buildings or lots of tress.

If you’re lucky you might be able to see the sky from your garden, or the area outside your house.

Find somewhere dark – light pollution makes it harder to see meteors, planets and stars.

Do take a torch so you can get to where you’re going safely.

Do it like a pro

Don’t look at your phone, your eyes can take up to ten minutes to adapt to darkness.

Check the phases of the moon – a bright full moon will make the meteors much harder to see.

Take a red filtered torch or a rear red bike light, as this will allow you to see your surrounding without spoiling the view.

Take camping chairs or a picnic blanket to sit on, this will give your neck a break when looking upward for long periods.

Enjoy it

Take some other tricks up your sleeve and look out for Orion’s Belt, one of the easiest constellations to spot, or try looking out for The Plough.

You could even make up some starry poems or stories inspired by the stars.

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