Over 100 meteors will be visible in the sky above the UK for incredible display

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Meteors will be visible in clear skies above the UK on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Meteors will be visible in clear skies above the UK on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The first meteor shower of the year is set to light up the sky, delighting skygazers around the country.

Up to 110 meteors an hour could be visible in the sky overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday, especially in rural areas where there is not much artificial lighting.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to peak on Tuesday night and, if the skies are clear, it will be visible until the early morning of January 4.

It is among the strongest and most consistent meteor showers, and could reach a maximum rate of 110 meteors per hour.

Quadrantids are blue meteors with fine trains that appear to come from the constellation Bootes, near the Big Dipper.

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Over 100 meteors will be visible in the sky above the UK for incredible displayQuadrantids are blue meteors with fine trains that appear to come from the constellation Bootes (stock image) (Getty Images)

Meteors are pieces of debris that enter Earth's atmosphere at speeds of up to 43 miles per second (70 kilometres per second), vaporising and causing the streaks of light we call meteors.

While the shower is visible to the naked eye when in an area with low light pollution, the peak occurs just before the full moon, so moonlight will cause some interference.

Additionally, unlike other meteor showers that tend to stay at their peak for about two days, the peak period of the Quadrantids is only for a few hours.

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Nina Massey

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