Amateur astronomers in Libya are in for some colourful nights as the annual meteor shower the (Perseids) usually streak through Earth's atmosphere during this time of year, leaving long trails of light and colour behind them.

The Perseid meteor shower begins July 25 and eventually disappears by August 16, according to Roaya Astronomy Organization, which predicted Wednesday night, August 11, would be the prime time to view them.

Perseids are dust particles and chunks from the Comet Swift-Tuttle that makes a close approach to the Earth-Moon system during this period. The particles are predominately in the size of a grain of sand and no more than a pea.

The meteors incinerate in the atmosphere at high speed, forming this breathtaking scene that will reach its peak on Wednesday after midnight.

You can follow the event with the naked eye, without any special equipment, as long as you stand in a dark spot and away from any sources of light pollution, says Roaya.

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