Perseid meteor shower 2017

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

The best opportunity to see the Perseid meteor shower is during the dark, pre-dawn hours of August 13.

Stargazers were given a treat on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday as the Perseid meteor shower dazzled the sky.

In the United Kingdom, it will peak at around 11.05pm on Saturday 12 August and should be visible from most areas.

"Usually in the United Kingdom we are either clouded out or suffer the ill effects of the Moon on meteor showers, and they usually end in disappointment", he said.


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. They are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction. On a clear night before the moon rises, look up for your best chance to see fireballs streaking across the heavens. "You might be lucky or unlucky; that's the way with meteors", Scagell said.

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday. Past year it was a lot more than that" said Dan Ruby, Fleischmann Planetarium Director. However, this was decisively debunked by NASA, saying that meteor shower enthusiasts, as always, have to wait for the sun to set in order to clearly see them. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.

The stunning perseid showers fall every year between July and AugustWhat is the Perseid meteor shower?

Scagell also said that this phenomenon is absolutely bright and spectacular.

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