Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

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This year, the Perseids shower will last overall from August 10 to 14, with the peak taking place this weekend.

This Perseid meteor shower is the result of Earth travelling through the gritty debris of Commet Swift-Tuttle that passed by Earth in 1992.

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.


Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of handsome shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky. And if you thought the video above looked handsome, you'll be pleased to know that the meteor shower will hit peak visibility tonight (12 August). But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

The meteors themselves are traveling at 132,000 miles per hour, which creates their vivid streaks of light.

The summer meteor shower, Perseid, is in full swing right now and PEAKING tonight/tomorrow morning. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!


"Unlike a lot of celestial events, meteor showers are easy to watch and no special equipment is needed, although a reclining chair and a blanket make viewing much more comfortable". Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

The best way to catch the shower is by travelling out of the city (if you aren't already) to a quiet spot not affected by light pollution.

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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