Meteor shower visible this weekend

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

If you can, find a dark place away from populated areas and make sure the city lights are at your back.

The weather will be cooperating pretty nicely if you want to see some shooting stars Saturday night into Sunday morning!

The Perseid meteor shower hits its peak this weekend in North America, with the best views available Friday and Saturday nights, but the bright moon, which turned full on Monday, is obscuring numerous fainter Perseids from view.

Milky Way is seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir, near Grandas de Salime, Spain August 11, 2017.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: "There was one rogue report that said it was going to be the most impressive display for 96 years or some other rubbish". The meteors will originate in the northeastern sky near the constellation Perseus (thus their name).

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"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

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

A good number of Perseid meteors will be bright, so you should be able to see Perseids, despite the moonlit glare. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour. This comet orbits the sun in a much more oblong path than Earth's orbit.

The retired astronaut said the earth gets hit by about 50 tons of meteors every day, but a Perseid meteor shower happens when comets leave a debris field behind them. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.

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