You Should Definitely Try to See the Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight

Eloi Lecerf
Agosto 12, 2017

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

In the night from 12 to 13 August, the Ukrainians will be able to admire one of the most spectacular stargazing - will be the Perseid meteor shower.

Met Eireann predict that skies will be clear for Irish star-gazers to see the celestial fireworks display.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy said: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky".

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

The brightest meteor stream will be a few hours before dawn. Still, the chance to see at least one meteor every other minute is pretty cool, so find some time Saturday night or Sunday morning to suss it out.

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But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park.

The meteors, mostly no bigger than a grain of sand, burn up as they hit the atmosphere at 58 kilometres (36 miles) per second to produce a shooting stream of light in the sky.

The Perseids are called so because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

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

The Perseids were the first meteor shower to be linked to a comet when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted their association with Swift-Tuttle in 1862. As the Earth crosses its orbit, it ploughs through some of the debris left by the icy object on previous visits. None of the particles are big enough to avoid destruction and reach the ground.

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