Perseid meteor shower will light up the sky

Look up: Irish people will see shooting stars tonight

It's also when the Earth will be the most within the stream of Swift-Tuttle.

While Saturday night is prime viewing time for the Perseid meteor shower, there's still time to catch it another night - according to National Geographic, the annual event is thanks to the Earth's entrance into a trail of debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet.

Because the meteors are coming approximately from the direction of the Perseus constellation (thus the name Perseid), look between the northeastern horizon and the point right above you.

The comet last passed by Earth in 1992 and will swing by again in 2126.

Because the density of the dust cloud varies, the meteors will not be evenly spaced out.

The Perseid meteor shower is poised to reach its peak this weekend (12/13 August), giving stargazers a chance to get a rare glimpse of a spectacular night-time display.

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The Perseids usually have a flare rate of about 80-100 per hour at 60 km per second speed, but this year flare rates are reduced by half owing to the bright moon, he added.

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

If you stay up late to find your area covered in cloud, or you live in a busy city with high levels of light pollution, then you can watch the live stream here. We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky.

In Monroe County, the Florida Keys Astronomy Club is heading to Long Key State Park, mile marker 67.4 oceanside, to view the Perseids.

You're in luck if you live in the northern hemisphere or above mid-southern latitudes, because you'll have the clearest view of the shower on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

"Be sure to be patient when looking for the meteors", Dr. James Hackley, an optometrist with Gemini Eye Care, said. This meteor shower has been known to produce 10 times as many of meteors as the Perseids.


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