Spectacular Meteor Display To Light Up Irish Skies

Spectacular Meteor Display To Light Up Irish Skies

The Perseid meteor shower displays fast and bright meteors leaving a long trail of light behind, which is clearly visible by the naked eye.

According to NECN, the sky can flaunt from 50-100 meteors per hour, but the moon will adversely affect this year's show. Going out after dark at around 9 pm local time will show the Perseids, but you won't be able to see as many as you would in the early morning hours.

In order to make the most out of the meteor shower despite the bright Moon, it would be best to view it from a very dark location with an unobstructed view of the sky.

Sky enthusiasts have a treat in-store for them tonight as the much-anticipated Perseid meteor shower arrives.

Star gazers will get a treat Monday night as the annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to light up the sky. In addition to the livestream, host and astrophysicist Paige Godfrey will have a team of astronomical experts online to discuss the science of meteor showers and their history.

The meteors have been shooting through the sky since July, but the shower will reach its peak on Tuesday morning.

Details are on the society's website astronomy.ie but all you need do is to count how many you see every 15 minutes and send them to the address given on the website.

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Perseid meteors appear to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus, which rises in early evening and climbs two-thirds of the way to the zenith as twilight starts to paint the sky.

"But if you see a fireball, it's probably bigger", says Bill Cooke, who leads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

The Perseids are an annual gift from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

You can also go out after dark, around 9pm local time, to watch them - though you won't see almost as many as you would if you braved the early morning hours.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Perseids, or any of the other wonderful and awesome things in the sky, please visit csastro.org for a link to information on our monthly meetings and our free public star parties.

NASA said it will also be broadcasting the Perseids live from a camera in Huntsville, Alabama, on the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page starting at 8 p.m.

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