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Perseid Meteor Shower happening this weekend


A dazzling display of shooting stars will light up Irish skies as the best meteor shower of the year takes place.

The annual meteor shower began on July 17 and will continue until August 24, offering the best chance to see it on August 12, around 9pm and early morning hours of August 13.

FAST PERSEID FACT: The 2017 Perseids may be better than usual, but don't believe anything you see on the internet about this year's meteor shower being the "brightest in human history".

Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years the rate can be between 150 and 200 meteors an hour, according to a space.com article. The stones through which Earth passes throw at this moment belonged to a comet named Swift-Tuttle.

That is, unless it's like past year, when the meteor shower produced an abnormally high number of shooting stars.


The peak of the meteor shower happens to be on an evening when the moon will be three-quarters full, making it just a little bit more hard to see the meteors.

The Perseid Meteor Shower produces more fireballs than any other meteor shower. These meteors are actually specks of rock that have broken off Comet Swift-Tuttle and continued to orbit the Sun until they vaporize in Earth's atmosphere. Rising at around 11 p.m. on Friday night, and around midnight on Saturday night, the Moon will present a source of light pollution in the sky, that will washed out numerous fainter meteors.

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. Relax outside for a few hours and after 30 minutes of adjusting your eyes to the dark environment, you'll see hundreds of meteors.

Its name comes from the point at which the meteors appear to come from - its radiant - in the constellation of Perseus. Lie on your back and look straight up.

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