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When is the Taurid meteor shower, where is the best place in the UK to watch it and when does it peak? All you need to know

STARGAZERS and photographers are gearing up this week to be dazzled by the next visible meteor shower: the Taurids. The stunning natural light show is the perfect way to spend a chilly winter evening. Plus, meteors are visible to the naked eye – even in London. Here’s the info: What is the Taurids meteor shower? The Taurids meteor […]

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STARGAZERS and photographers are gearing up this week to be dazzled by the next visible meteor shower: the Taurids.

The stunning natural light show is the perfect way to spend a chilly winter evening. Plus, meteors are visible to the naked eye – even in London. Here’s the info:

The meteor shower will peak at the beginning of November
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What is the Taurids meteor shower?

The Taurids meteor shower happens every year in late October and November, when the earth passes through debris left behind by a comet called Ecke.

Bits and pieces, nicknamed Halloween Fireballs, streak though the night sky, creating a stunning natural display as they burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

They are called Taurids after the constellation Taurus, where they are seen to come from in the sky.

The maximum number to appear is ten each hour, moving through the sky at 17 miles per second. Some may be very bright and leave a smoke trail behind them.

A Taurid meteor fireball dazzles in the sky
A Taurid meteor fireball dazzles in the sky
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When is the Taurids meteor shower and when will it peak?

Some shooting stars will be visible each night until November 30, but the shower peaked on November 4-5 in the Southern Hemisphere.

British stargazers should keep a closer eye out this Friday and Saturday (November 10-11), when the celestial event will reach its pinnacle.

Meteor experts say what they lack in quantity they make up for with their distinctive smoky appearance and high visibility.

Where’s the best place to watch the Taurids meteor shower?

The Taurids are visible from the naked eye across the country, including in cities.

However, NASA recommend getting as far away from light pollution as possible and finding somewhere with a clear, unclouded view.

The National Trust have compiled a list of the best places for stargazing across the country, many of which have been officially accredited Dark Sky Discovery status.

For a comprehensive list, see the Dark Sky Discovery map here.

Shooting stars and meteors can be spotted in the night sky over the coming weeks
Shooting stars and meteors can be spotted in the night sky over the coming weeks
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Stargazing in England

North

Allan Bank and Grasmere, Lake District

Carding Mill Valley & Long Mynd, Shropshire

Barr Beacon, Birmingham

University of York “Astrocampus”, York

London and the South East

Toys Hill, Kent

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

Knole, Kent

Headley Heath, Surrey

Morden Hall Park, London

Leith Hill, Surrey

Black Down, Sussex

The Taurids get their name from the Taurus constellation, pictured
The Taurids get their name from the Taurus constellation, pictured
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South West

Carnewas, Cornwall

St Agnes and Chapel Porth, Cornwall

Godolphin Hill, Cornwall

Trelisick, Cornwall

South Milton Sands, Devon

Dunkery Beacon, Somerset

Leigh Woods, Bristol

Stonehenge, Wiltshere

Stargazing in Scotland

Central Belt

Dunfermline Public Park, Dunfermline

Newbattle Abbey College, Edinburgh

The Putechan Hotel, Bellochantuy

Highlands and Islands

Camas na Sgianadin, Skye

Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Fort William

Castlehill Heritage Cente, Caithness

Borders

Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway

Clear skies will allow thousands of people to see the meteor shower when it reaches its peak
Clear skies will allow thousands of people to see the meteor shower when it reaches its peak
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Stargazing in Northern Ireland

Divis Mountain, Northern Ireland

Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon

Carrick-a-Rede, Ballintoy

Stargazing in Wales

Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve

Glan Morfa Lodge and Wildlife Experience, Anglesey

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Copa Libertadores final: Gremio vs Lanus live stream, kick-off time and TV channel for the first leg

GREMIO take on Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995. The Brazilians have made it to their first final in ten years after beating Barcelona, of Ecuador, 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final. A 3-0 win in Guayaquil was enough to put Renato Gaucho’s side out of […]

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GREMIO take on Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995.

The Brazilians have made it to their first final in ten years after beating Barcelona, of Ecuador, 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

Gremio host Lanus as they look to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time since 1995
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A 3-0 win in Guayaquil was enough to put Renato Gaucho’s side out of site and ensure a 1-0 loss at home in the second leg was purely academic.

Argentines Lanus made it to their first ever final in more dramatic fashion, losing 1-0 away to River Plate and then finding themselves 2-0 down at home after 23 minutes of the second leg.

But Jorge Almiron’s side then scored four goals without reply to sensationally secure their place in the final.

When is Gremio vs Lanus?

Gremio host Lanus on Wednesday, November 22.

The match will kick off at 11.45pm GMT.

That’s 9.45pm in Porto Alegre and 8.45pm in Buenos Aires.

It will take place at the Arena do Gremio.

What TV channel is Gremio vs Lanus on?

Gremio vs Lanus will not be on television in the UK.

But you can keep up to date with the biggest stories from the match on SunSport.

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Ashes 2017 first Test: What time does Australia vs England start tonight and what TV channel is it on?

JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane. Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root. FOLLOW ALL OF THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE BLOG When is […]

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JOE ROOT has a chance to retain the Ashes for England when they begin this year’s series in Brisbane.

Alistair Cook’s England stormed to a 3-2 victory in 2015, and will be looking to retain the coveted trophy this year under new captain Root.

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When is the 2017-18 Ashes first test?

The series is currently in the practice stage, with the real action kicking off next week.

The opening Test will start next Thursday, November 23 at 12am GMT in the UK.

That Test concludes the following Monday, November 27.

Here is the full test schedule:

England's Ashes Test schedule

Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane) – midnight
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide) – 4am
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth) – 2.30am
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne) – 11.30pm (Xmas Day)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney) – 11.30pm (Jan 3 GMT)

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Where can I watch the 2017-18 Ashes?

For the first time the Ashes are being shown exclusively on BT Sport.

BT secured the rights after Sky Sports had held them for years.

Coverage of all the Tests and ODIs will be live on British TV.

The Ashes 2017 LIVE Updates as England take on Australia Down Under

Where can I see the highlights of the Ashes?

Highlights of the 2017-18 series will be shown for FREE.

After every day’s play, the best bits will be available to watch on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app.

At 7pm after game day, highlights are uploaded for all to watch.

If you’ve missed out from past days, all action from the series is on BT’s Ashes hub.

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Who is Princess Tiaamii? Katie Price and Peter Andre’s daughter who is regularly in the headlines

DAUGHTER of model Katie Price and pop star Peter Andre, Princess Tiaamii was always going to end up making headlines one way or the other. From appearing on Loose Women and her mum’s reality shows to causing a stir on Instagram here’s everything you need to know about Katie Price’s eldest daughter… Who is Princess Tiaamii […]

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DAUGHTER of model Katie Price and pop star Peter Andre, Princess Tiaamii was always going to end up making headlines one way or the other.

From appearing on Loose Women and her mum’s reality shows to causing a stir on Instagram here’s everything you need to know about Katie Price’s eldest daughter…

Princess Tiaamii is the daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre
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Who is Princess Tiaamii and how old is she?

Princess Tiaamii is the daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre.

Born June 29 2007, Princess is the couple’s eldest daughter and is now aged 10.

She was born two years after her brother Junior, whose father is also Peter Andre.

Katie split from Princess’ dad in 2009 and since then married Alex Reid and is currently married to Kieran Hayler.

Princess also has half siblings Harvey (from mum Katie’s romance with Dwight York), Bunny and Jett (from Katie’s current marriage to Kieran) and Theodore and Amelia (her dad Peter’s kids with new wife Emily).

Princess is 10 years old and Katie’s eldest daughter

Why is she called Princess Tiaamii?

Princess got her unusual name because dad Peter wanted her to be named after both his and Katie’s mums – Thea and Amy, so he came up with the interesting combination.

Pete revealed at the time: “Katie always loved the name Princess, but everyone thought it was a bit over the top.

“I loved it too but I wanted to name her after both our mums.Then I just woke up one morning and thought, I know!

“We’ll just put them together! If people don’t like it, that’s up to them.”

Her full name is Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre.

Princess’ dad Peter Andre came up with Tiaamii for her
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Why has Princess Tiaamii been at the centre of Instagram controversy?

Over the years Princess’ mum Katie has come under fire for posting pictures of her on social media showing her pouting and wearing make-up.

Back in 2015 she caused a furore by sharing a picture of the youngster wearing lashings of mascara and pouting her lips which were covered in lip gloss.

At the time Princess hit back at critics herself in a clip posted online by her mum, saying: “By the way, I wanna do my make-up, not my mum, I do. And anyway it’s none of your beeswax, so oosh!”

In early 2017 her mum Katie divided opinion again by sharing a picture of her posing in her bikini on holiday.

While many complimented the beautiful youngster, others believed the images were overly sexy for a child.

Katie posted a series of pictures of Princess in her bikini which caused controversy
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Katie later defended her decision – saying that Princess doesn’t even know what ‘sexy’ is.

She said: “If I said to Princess don’t pose like that it’s too sexy – she doesn’t know what sexy is.

“She just watched the best!…  The people who were saying she looked too sexy, they looking at her thinking she looks sexy…

“They should take a look at themselves and wonder why they are saying she looks sexy.”

Katie again came under fire in July 2017 after posting a video of Princess and Junior to Instagram showing them promoting a drinks range.

At the end of 2016, Princess briefly had her own Instagram account after begging her mother for one.

The decision to allow her was wildly criticised with critics claiming that she was placing them in danger from online predators, and forcing them to grow up too fast. The account disappeared just a few weeks later.

This image of Princess in 2015 wearing make-up sparked debate
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Has Princess Tiaamii appeared on TV shows?

It is no secret that Princess is keen to follow in her famous parents’ footsteps.

She has already appeared on TV with their mum and dad on their numerous reality show, and most recently starred on Katie’s new TLC show Katie Price’s Pony Club.

Princess has also made a few appearances on Loose Women, alongside brother Junior.

The Sun’s Bizarre Column has also reported how Junior and Princess are in discussions to become the faces of McDonald’s.

A source revealed how the pair being offered big bucks to represent the fast-food chain’s world-famous Happy Meals.

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