The best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

13 August, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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A meteor shower lit up the skies above Europe and North America on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

The most popular shower of the year is here, and we don't mean the familiar drizzle.

If your view is blocked by clouds Sunday night, the Perseids are visible for several nights afterward. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show".

According to NASA the Perseids have danced across the sky every year for 2,000 years.

The phenomenon, known as the Perseids, occurs in August every year, when the earth moves through the solar orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

Here are some facts about the Perseid meteor shower.


From Earth it appears all of the meteors originate from a single point, however, this is because they are moving parallel to one another.

Meteors are parts of rock and dust that hit the Earth's atmosphere, heat up and glow.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. "But at least 10 to 20 an hour is a safe bet". The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. The phase of the moon (new moon) will make viewing even better, because the light from the moon will not ruined any visibility of the shooting stars.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

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