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A poor start for meteor showers in 2021 but things get better with a possible spectacular surprise later in the year. Here’s your guide on when and where to look to catch nature’s fireworks.
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A big year ahead for some of the meteor showers this year. Here's your 2020 guide on when and where to look to catch nature's fireworks.
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Moonlight will spoil some of the big meteor showers this year, but still plenty of others to see. So here’s your guide on when and where to look to catch nature’s fireworks.
The comet 46P/Wirtanen is just 1.2km in size but it should be visible in the night sky this Saturday as it makes a close approach to Earth this year. And don’t forget the Geminids meteor shower.
A bright comet visible in December provides an excellent viewing opportunity for night sky lovers – even potentially with the naked eye.
Expect a spectacular display of 120 or more meteors per hour – some of them brightly coloured.
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Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018. Where to look and when in both the northern and southern skies to catch nature’s fireworks.