This weekend, our skies will be treated to a triple meteor shower.

Three meteor showers are active at the same time, providing a celestial firework display almost all night.

The three showers will be at or near their peak rates beginning tonight.

The Solar System is littered with debris left over from the planets' formation more than 4.5 billion years ago.

Some of this debris, such as comets and asteroids, travels in orbits that cross the path of the Earth around the Sun.

Their orbits become shrouded in broad streams of dust over hundreds or thousands of years.

Earth is travelling through space, where three debris streams intersect with our planet's orbit.

The most active of the three showers, with the fastest-moving meteors, is the Southern Delta Aquariids.

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