Perseid Meteor Shower Lights Up Irish Skies

Perseid Meteor Shower Lights Up Irish Skies

SHOOTING stars are not just something to make wish upon - they are an opportunity to witness nature at its most awesome. 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.

The Perseid meteors are the debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which enters Earth's atmosphere every mid-August, according to Scientific American. "A year ago it was a lot more than that" said Dan Ruby, Fleischmann Planetarium Director.

Corp said smoke and a semi-full moon may make it more hard to clearly see the shooting stars, but should still be visible with less light pollution out at the beach.

When does the Perseid meteor shower peak?

The Perseid meteor shower is named after the Perseus constellation, which is the point from which they appear to come from in the night sky, the Perseids are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

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

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For this reason, the shower tends to be visible from mid-July each year.

But experts have warned that with the moon at three-quarters full, it may make it harder this year to spot the meteors as they fly past.

STARGAZERS had their eyes and lenses pointed skywards last night as meteors rained down over Dorset.

Take a look at pictures in the gallery below.

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.