Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

13 August, 2018, 04:42 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • We are all made of stars The night sky blankets Highway 2 on a balmy summer night.
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As the night nears dawn, Cooke says viewers can expect to see a meteor every minute or so, which is about standard for the Perseids.

The Perseid shower will peak between the night of Saturday, August 11 and the morning of Monday, August 13.

The Swift-Tuttle comet approaches every 133 years, leaving behind a trail of debris. This year is going to be especially striking because of the new moon, painting the flawless backdrop for the late-summer nature show. NASA recommends heading out to see the show during predawn hours, but meteor streaks may appear as early as 10 pm; see an updated list of activity here.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.

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The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

NASA explained: "All meteors associated with one particular shower have similar orbits, and they all appear to come from the same place in the sky, called the radiant". Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

If you pay a visit to the Meteor Watch Facebook page you can set a reminder ahead of the stream to get a notification once it goes live.

"I think that everybody should see this", said Miralem Mehic, a Bosnian from an global group of star gazers who watched the light show at the Sand Pyramids - an area of naturally occurring sand columns - near the southern town of Foca. The days after the peak will also provide nice, dark skies as well!

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