Draconid meteor showers will hit the British sky on Friday night, when stargazers may see up to 10 shooting stars per hour.
Meteor showers that occur every year will be most visible to British residents just after evening tomorrow, away from light pollution and with clear skies.
Unfortunately, the Met Office has predicted bad weather in most of the UK tomorrow, with the cloud covering large parts of the country.
Greater London and the City of London should have good visibility during that time of night according to their predictions, but it will still be cloudy.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “The meteor showers are not optimal in the UK, but there will be limited opportunities with cloudbursts in central and southern England tonight and perhaps greater chances tomorrow.
Skywatchers in the north and west of the UK will be hampered by clouds and rain.
“Fog can also create local difficulties in other areas.”
What is Draconid Meteor Rain?
Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a cloud of debris from a comet, causing a light show when the debris interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere.
Draconid meteor showers come specifically from the scrap cloud of comet 21 P / Giacobini-Zinner, a relatively small comet 1.24 miles wide.
This cloud is restored every 6.6 years as it orbits the inner solar system.
When the cloud of waste, made up of rocks and dust particles, interacts with air molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere, viewers looking up at the sky can see bright light from the interactions.
How do you see Draconid meteor showers?
The best way to see meteor showers is by looking from a point with as little light pollution as possible and clear skies.
But as cloud is expected in most of the UK tomorrow, breaks in the cloud cover are the best bet.
Meteor rain will be most visible early in the evening shortly after evening when the constellation Draco the Dragon, the location of the garbage cloud, is at its peak.
Draconid meteor showers will last from October 7 to 11, but the peak will be tomorrow night to Saturday morning.
Assuming there are no clouds in the way you do not even need binoculars or a telescope to see the stars.
The darkest and best places to see the night sky in the UK are in the so-called “Dark Sky Reserves”: Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor National Parks.