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Levanter dampens prospects for stellar display

The Perseid meteors will once again light up the night sky this week, with the largest shower expected in the early hours of Friday. In Gibraltar however, the Levanter cloud may leave star gazers frustrated.

Sky watchers around the world can expect an extra dazzling display from the Perseid meteors this week as the Earth ploughs through a dense cloud of comet debris.

The shooting stars are due to peak on Friday, with 80 or more of the meteors streaking across the sky every hour. Some experts predict the frequency could be double that figure.

But cloud cover and light pollution could dampen the spectacle for those viewing the night sky from the Rock.

Steph Ball, Chief Meteorologist at MeteoGib, said this week that it is too early to tell exactly how much cloud there will be on Friday morning.


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