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When is the UK’s next meteor shower? From Taurid to Leonid, your celestial calendar 2017 explained

STARGAZERS take note – there are several stunning meteor showers on the horizon this year.

So grab a snug blanket and turn your eyes to the sky – here’s your full 2017 celestial calendar…

 The Perseid Meteor Shower seen over The Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor, DevonSWNS The Perseid Meteor Shower seen over The Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor, Devon

When is the next meteor shower in the UK?

The Leonids will soon be passing Earth.

They will peak on November 17, so let’s all hope for a clear sky so we can spot them!

The Leonids are caused by debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which has a 33-year orbit around the Sun.

It is named after the Leo star constellation.

The last meteor shower to be seen in the UK was the Taurids, which peaked between November 4 and 5 in the Southern Hemisphere.

In Britain, the shooting stars reached their pinnacle on Friday (November 10) and Saturday (November 11).

 These pictures were taken in Northumberland in August 2016, when one meteor shower took placeGEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY These pictures were taken in Northumberland in August 2016, when one meteor shower took place

What other meteor showers can we look forward to in the UK?

Geminid (peaks December 14)

Named after the Gemini constellation, the Geminid meteor shower tends to reach its highest point at around 2am on the peak day.

Ursid (peaks December 23)

At the peak of the Ursid meteor shower skywatchers can see, on average, around five to 10 shooting stars per hour but some years people have spotted up to 50 an hour.

METEOR SHOWERS STILL TO COME IN 2017

November 17: Leonid

December 14: Geminid

December 23: Ursid

What is a meteor shower?

Meteor showers take place when space rocks, also known as meteoroids, enter the earth’s atmosphere.

As it falls towards earth, resistance of the air on the rock makes it hot and air around it glows – which has led to them being known as shooting stars.

When there are numerous rocks at the same time, this is known as a meteor shower.

Meteoroids are often so small they burn up in the earth’s atmosphere, so there is little chance of a collision.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation where the rocks appear to be coming from.

The best way to watch a meteor shower and spot shooting stars

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