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Perseid meteor shower 2020: Here's when it will peak in August - Bournemouth Echo
The Perseid meteor shower can be seen in the skies across the UK - and is set to peak in mid-August.
The Perseid meteor shower can be seen in the skies across the UK for the next few weeks. The event, which kicked off in mid-July, is set to hit its ‘peak’ later this month. Once in full flow, the spectacular display could produce up to 100 ‘shooting stars’ an hour. When is the shower set to peak? The shower is expected to peak on the night of Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - though the evenings preceding and following that date will also offer excellent views. What are the Perseids? The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in August. In 2020, they technically take place between the dates of July 17 and August 24. The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky. The particles - which can be as small as a grain of sand - meet a fiery end after roughly a thousand years, as part of the comet’s dust cloud. The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus. When is the best time to see them? Although the shower peaks on Wednesday, August 12, you’ll be able to see a number of shooting stars a couple of nights either side of that date. Unfortunately, you may have to stay up late or set your alarm for an early start if you want to spot the best of the display. The ideal time for meteor-spotting is when the sky is at its darkest - between 1am and the onset of dawn. How regular will the meteors be? The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers’ calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 shooting stars an hour at their peak. The shower in 2017’s was especially active, delivering up to 150 meteors an hour at its height. While the shooting stars this year won’t be quite as regular, stargazers can still expect to see around 70 of them an hour. Do I need special equipment to see the Perseids? Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view. Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark. Patience is also a virtue, with shooting stars tending to appear in clusters, followed by a lull. The meteors will appear to come from the direction of the Perseus constellation in the north eastern part of the sky, although they should be visible from any point. A cloudy night could still scupper your chances of spotting any meteors, however, so keep your eye on weather forecasts.
Asda, Aldi, Tesco and Morrisons: How to unlock supermarket trolleys without £1 - Bournemouth Echo
A savvy way to unlock a supermarket trolley without using a £1 coin has been revealed.
A savvy way to unlock a supermarket trolley without a £1 coin has been revealed. There's lots of things to remember when heading out to one of the big chains for the weekly shop, including a shopping list and carrier bags, but many often forget to check if they have a £1 coin in their purse or wallet for the trolley. As the use of cash declines while contactless payments rises, shoppers who forget to bring a coin for the trolley are faced with having to cram everything into a small basket. What is the shopping hack to get a trolley without a pound coin? The tip was shared by one clever customer on a popular Facebook group. "If you don't have a pound coin or a trolley coin put 2 20s [20p's] together and boom it will work," the shopper posted. The shopping hack should apply for trollies at supermarkets including Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons. Which supermarkets are the cheapest and most expensive? Consumer watchdog Which? analysed the prices of 78 essential items at the UK’s biggest supermarkets to determine which offered the best value in the month of June 2020. The report factored in the costs of staple shopping items, including both branded and non-branded lines. Own brand products including pasta, olive oil, milk and salad tomatoes, were among those that were price checked, as well as branded items such as Hovis wholemeal bread. Findings revealed that Lidl offered the best value for money, costing the average customer £72.02 for all 78 goods. The supermarket - which uses the tagline “Big on quality, Lidl on price” - proved to be the cheapest place for customers to shop for groceries and household items throughout June. Aldi came in at a close second, with the shop costing just 21p more, at a total of £72.23. This was followed by Asda, where shopping would set customers back £80.15. Which supermarket is the most expensive? On the other end of the scale, Waitrose was found to cost customers almost £40 more. The same 78 products cost the average customer £11.77 at Waitrose, making it the most expensive of the UK’s main supermarkets. How did all the supermarkets rank? Here’s how the six major UK supermarkets ranked in terms of price for a 78 item shop, listed from the cheapest to the most expensive:
- Lidl - £72.02
- Aldi - £72.23
- Asda - £80.15
- Tesco - £88.28
- Morrisons - £90.27
- Sainsbury’s - £93.93
- Ocado - £109.61
- Waitrose - £111.77
Durdle Door closed but visitors ignore signs and pack car park - Bournemouth Echo
ROADS to Lulworth and Durdle Door have been closed by the council on safety grounds but visitors have ignored the signs and flocked to the Purbeck…
ROADS to Lulworth and Durdle Door have been closed by the council on safety grounds but visitors have ignored the signs and flocked to the Purbeck beach. As reported, people were seriously injured and airlifted from the Scratchy Bottom after jumping from the arch into the sea. The roads in the area were closed last night and Dorset Council has said they will remain shut off today. Jonathan Mair, Dorset Council's corporate director and duty gold officer said: "Following multiple serious incidents at Durdle Door yesterday involving the emergency services, we have taken the decision to keep the roads to Lulworth and Durdle Door closed today on safety grounds. "We have also just made the decision to close the road to West Bexington in West Dorset following health and safety issues there yesterday. “We would ask people to please think twice before visiting Dorset’s beaches as they are becoming overcrowded and maintaining social distancing is becoming difficult." However, reports on social media suggest the cliff-top car park at Durdle Door was already busy this morning from shortly after 10am. Critcal incident at Durdle Door yesterday? - Wouldnt have guessed it - thousands of visitors already arriving at cliff-top car park despite @DorsetCouncilUK reiterating advice for ‘tourists’ to ‘think twice’ + ‘stay away’ for now. pic.twitter.com/2ngdXgfXza — Laurence Herdman 🎧📻🎙 (@lozherdman) May 31, 2020 A Dorset Council spokesperson said it appears many people have ignored the road closures the local authority put in place yesterday. Council officers have now been sent to the barriers to turn people away. On Saturday, coastguard, ambulance, lifeboat and police teams were called to Durdle Door in the afternoon. Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team reported that people were jumping off the arch into the sea, with encouragement from the crowd on the beach. The team also said police had to deal with “alcohol-fuelled minor scuffles” and a small but out of control fire from a BBQ, while the ambulance service treated casualties from the tombstoning.