Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night

13 August, 2017, 04:04 | Author: Becky Perry
  • If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

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.

For the best viewing experience, stay far away from city lights.

"Last year's Perseids excelled with 200 meteors an hour".

Al Hariri said they were scheduled to gather in a dark sky desert area to observe and capture the view of the Persied Meteor Shower. The meteors look like they are coming from within the constellation Perseus.

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

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland
A nice finish to the weekend

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday". But don't let that stop you from checking out the show as there still should be plenty of brighter meteors to see. The Perseid shower's peak in 2018 will coincide with a new moon, according to Scientific American, meaning much clearer skies and many more meteors visible to the naked eye.

A tip from Mr Scagell is not to look towards the radiant, but to direct your gaze in the opposite direction. So the viewing rate will be more like 30 to 40 meteors an hour.

The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.

Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say the Perseids typically will produce around 50 to 80 meteors per hour. As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits.

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