Perseid Meteor shower 2021: when to see it peak in the UK, plus other dates to watch out for

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What time is the meteor shower 2021?

The closest darkness to that peak—and therefore the best time to observe the Perseid meteor shower in 2021—will therefore be the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, August 12, 2021. Start looking about midnight, preferably from somewhere with little light pollution. ForbesMeteor Shower Tonight? Why You Need To Know Precisely When The Perseids Peak Where You Live To See ‘Shooting Stars’

When is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower?

The Perseid meteor shower, widely known as one of the biggest meteor showers each year, is active from July 17 to Aug. 24, and peaks from Aug. 11-12. During its peak, you should be able to see about 100 meteors per hour. Detroit Free PressPerseid meteor shower is best of the year and happening right now: What to know

When is the meteor shower in August?

The Perseid meteor shower, which NASA considers one of the best of the year, will be visible in the U.S. this week. The celestial show peaks in the Northern Hemisphere on the night of Thursday, Aug. 12 to Friday, Aug. 13. The Perseids are best viewed just before dawn. KGO-TVPerseid meteor shower 2021: How to watch fireballs light up August night sky, when Perseids peak

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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman believes the club must "close the book" on the Lionel Messi era after their talisman left to join Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi, 34, signed a two-year deal with an option for a third year with Mauricio Pochettino's side on Tuesday, and Koeman said it had been a difficult journey for all involved, as the Argentina superstar moved on from the club he joined as a 13-year-old in 2003.

"We have to understand that there is always an end for a player. You have to close the book because now we have to focus on this new season," Koeman told ESPN's Martin Ainstein. "We have new players in and we have to move forward, and we have time for that. We have young players in the squad this season, and it's also for the future, we are working on the future of this club, and it's really important to have our focus on this and not focus on what happened in the last few days."

Messi looked set to re-sign with Barca in recent weeks, but due to a dire financial situation at the club and restrictions imposed on each LaLiga team by the league, he ultimately left to join former teammate Neymar at PSG.

"I knew there was a difficult situation between the club and Leo Messi and the league to have the possibilities to keep Messi in the club," Koeman added. "It takes a long time, but I was also surprised by the day and the moment that I heard that he was finished playing for Barcelona. And I knew the financial situation of the club made it more difficult.

"I think it was difficult because we are not just talking about any player, we are talking about Leo Messi, the best player in the world through a lot of seasons and we were all disappointed that he will not play for us this season. But OK, you have to change fast because you don't stay in the disappointment with the new season starting. You have to understand it was for a few days a difficult situation.

"Messi meant so much for this club."

Koeman sounded optimistic about the start of the post-Messi era as he looked to continue to develop young players and anticipated the return of injured players from last season like Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho, while underscoring that Barcelona still have a strong squad.

"Of course we will have more difficulties to score goals," Koeman said. "Messi scored 30 goals last season. So other players need to bring more and take the next step and it's more about the team now than individual players.

"It's not always one player, you have to do it together. Hopefully, we get players back from injury like Ansu Fati and Coutinho and then we still have a strong squad. We will work harder, we will do more to achieve what people expect from us.

"We are still in the transition. We have to understand that the start of this season is difficult. We still have COVID, for all the clubs, but still we have players with injuries so we cannot put all the players for playing because we are still missing good players. We did a good preseason, we have young players in, but if we get all the players back from injury the squad is still a strong one."

Barcelona finished third in LaLiga last season behind Real Madrid and champions Atletico Madrid and bowed out of the Champions League in the round of 16 to Messi's new team, PSG. The Blaugrana did manage to win the Copa del Rey, and Koeman added that the goal of a club like Barca -- to win titles -- had not changed.

"The goal are always winning trophies, being champions, to have a good run in the Champions League," Koeman said. "Clubs like Barcelona don't have seasons out of winning something. We know that, and the football people will understand it will be more difficult. It's all about working rate and the team and we can make a step forward."

Koeman's team begin LaLiga play at home against Real Sociedad on Sunday (stream live on ABC/ESPN+ at 2 p.m. ET in the U.S.).

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SEATTLE — The Seahawks’ gamble on oft-troubled defensive end Aldon Smith has ended as the team has decided to release him, it was confirmed Wednesday.

Smith, 31, was signed by Seattle on April 15 to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.127 million that included a $137,500 signing bonus.

Two days later he was involved in an incident that eventually resulted in his arrest on suspicion of second-degree battery in the New Orleans area — he has an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 24. But the Seahawks said they would let the legal process unfold, and his release is not related to that incident.

Instead, indications are Smith violated the terms of the team’s conditions that were set when it agreed to sign him in April, as a source said the release was not because of Smith’s play on the field.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the league’s official media arm, said that the release was because of Smith’s “personal issues,” and that though each side tried to make it work, “it was just too much. I think at some point, there was just not a way forward for both sides. Kind of came to a head early this morning. Smith was not going to be at practice” Wednesday.

Smith has a well-documented history of incidents related to substance abuse, and when he met with the media in July, Smith said his sobriety was most important in his life.

“I have a tremendous support staff,” Smith said July 31. “For me, it was just making myself vulnerable and being willing to trust and lean on the people. I’ve always had people that were there, but I’ve always tried to carry everything on my shoulders. Letting people help me and accepting that help was a major game-changer.”

His April arrest was the latest off-field incident in a career pockmarked with them — Smith did not play from 2016 through ’19 because of a variety of incidents that included three arrests for driving under the influence from 2011 to 2015, a hit-and-run arrest and a plea deal in 2018 on a domestic-violence charge.

But despite the April arrest, the Seahawks were optimistic that Smith could thrive with their support while making clear he would have to meet his responsibilities to play.

Head coach Pete Carroll had said the team “did a lot of homework” on Smith before deciding to sign him and was confident he would be able to avoid the issues that had derailed a career that began with so much promise with the 49ers — he was a first-team All-Pro in 2012.

“We’re going to be there for him. We’re going to look after him. He’s one of us,“ Carroll said at that time.

Bob Condotta is a Seattle Times writer.



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Stargazers Watch Out! Meteor Shower Will Be Visible Tonight

TodayFM 13 August, 2021 - 11:00pm

9:17 AM - 11 Aug 2021

Stargazers are in luck, as clear skies tonight mean a meteor shower will be visible over Ireland later.

The Perseids shower, which occurs annually, has been visible in recent days but will be at its peak this tonight and tomorrow.

Astronomers say there is no need for telescopes to catch a glimpse of the glittering phenomenon.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks later this week. Best viewing midnight to dawn.

— James Spann (@spann) August 9, 2021

Get your wishes ready, as the Perseids shower is known for its white and yellowish colours and features fine long-lasting lines in the sky.

The best place to spot a shooting star is in the darkest sky possible, so avoid street lights if you can.

They also say flat land is best, so you have an unobstructed view of the space show.

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