Look up: Irish people will see shooting stars tonight

The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this weekend: Here's when and where to see it
The spectacular Perseids meteor shower will be over Gwent tonight
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13 August, 2017

The bright moonlight dampened the spirits of the around 200 stargazers who had gathered at the two vantage points of Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar on Saturday to witness the annual "Perseids Shower" that lights up the night sky. Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly. It last passed near Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126.

The peak time for Perseid watching will be Saturday night and before dawn on Sunday, but the meteors may already be making an appearance. The Perseids can be seen from the end of July with one meteor an hour crossing the skies.

Hundreds of the meteors are expected to be visible from across the world, weather depending.

But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park.

The greatest numbers of meteors will be between midnight and just before dawn on the mornings of August 11-13.

Just keep in mind the best viewing for meteors is as far away from the city lights as possible.

"Be sure to be patient when looking for the meteors", Dr. James Hackley, an optometrist with Gemini Eye Care, said. "So be sure you can at least devote an hour or more to viewing to be able to get the best show".

"You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", he said.

The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor.

The greatest meteor shower in US history occurred with the Leonids on November 12, 1833, with 20 to 30 meteors reported per second.


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