Perseid meteor shower: Thousands share their pictures of 'BEAUTIFUL' shooting stars

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

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

The Perseid shower is expected to last until August 24.

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.

On this night, the moon will be around three-quarters full, making it trickier to spot the shower in the sky.

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The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.

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

The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky.

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky. This will mean most of the light your eyes take in will be from the moon and it will be harder to see the meteors streaking across the night sky.

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday".

There will be fewer meteors this year, expectations are around 40 to 50 meteors per hour compared to the 90 we see on normal years. "The moonlight can create a haze and reduce the number of shooting stars you see". "Previous year it was a lot more than that" said Dan Ruby, Fleischmann Planetarium Director.

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, added that: "The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

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