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Perseid meteor shower 2017 LIVE stream – Watch the Perseids online HERE

Watch the live stream above to see the incredible Perseids rain down on Earth during the peak of the meteor shower on Saturday night. 

Robotic telescope service Slooh will broadcast the live stream at 1am BST on Sunday August 13 in the UK and at 5pm PDT on Saturday August 12 in the US.

Slooh is bringing together a host of experts and astronomers for an educational programme broadcast live from the Institute of Astrophysics on the Canary Islands.

Astronomer Paul Cox, from Slooh, said: “If you’re lucky enough to have clear skies to watch one of the best meteor showers of the year, why not join us and use Slooh’s commentary as your own meteor watching soundtrack?”

Viewers are invited to share their own pictures and videos of the Perseids on social media and they can send in questions using the hashtag #Slooh.

When is the Perseid meteor shower 2017?

The Perseid meteor shower began on July 17 and is expected to end on August 24.

Throughout this time, three to four shooting stars dash across the sky every hour, but the numbers will skyrocket during the peak over the weekend.

The peak is expected take place on the night of Saturday August 12 into the early hours Sunday August 13.

What is the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseids are meteors caused by pieces of  debris left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

When Earth passes through the comet’s path, the debris slams into our planet’s upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 130,000mph (210,000 km/h).

The Perseids were first observed by Chinese astronomers in 36 AD.

In Medieval times, the meteors were known as the tears of St Lawrence because they occur near the anniversary of the death the Christian martyr. 

Swift-Tuttle is a periodic comet with an orbit period of 133 years. It is next expected to fly past Earth on August 5 2126.

The comet has an impressive 16 mile (26 km) nucleus and is the largest object in the solar system to repeatedly pass this close to Earth.

Visit Slooh.com to snap and share your own photos from this live event, and interact with Slooh’s hosts and guests, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.

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