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How to get the best view of this week's meteor shower

The night's sky is about to get really, really busy.

From now until around 19 August, the Earth will crash through a dense debris field - a dirty 'tail' of dust and particles left by the comet Swift-Tuttle - in an event known as the Perseids meteor shower.

An annual event, the Perseids is an ideal opportunity to catch a glimpse of fireballs and shooting stars. The night of 12 August however, is predicted to be an extra special one, as NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com: "Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates."

An 'outburst' is just what it sounds like - a whole heap of extra shooting start activity caused by passing through a particularly dense group of space junk. "Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour," said Cooke.

Here's how to catch the best view of the stellar show. 

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