This weekend's great meteor shower
One of nature's most spectaular occurances will be filling our skies this weekend as the annul Perseid meteor shower is once again upon us.
Despite the hot and humid weather, the night's sky will be lit up with hundreds of 'falling stars' streaking across it on Friday and Saturday night.
In August every year, the Earth crosses the dust trail of comet Swift-Tuttle resulting in sighting of hundreds of pieces of debris burning up as they enter our atmosphere. This year, astrologist are expecting to witness an even busier meteor shower, due to the effect that Jupiter's gravitational pull will have on the comet tail.
Now, while we don't really understand that either, what we do know is that if you want to witness watching the shower in all its glory, it is worth driving out into the desert, away from the blanketing lights of the big cities.
The show is likely to start when the moon sets (around midnight), allowing for the best viewing. We recommend rounding up a group of mates and driving out in convoy to a spot, and set up camp facing North-East, as that is where the meteor shower will appear to come from.