Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

13 August, 2018, 14:08 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Stargazers set for spectacular treat this weekend

Sparkling meteors or shooting stars are known to excite and interest small kids and school students.

But no matter if the clouds or smoke clear, "you still need to get away from the light pollution of cities", Meteorologist M.J. McDermott said. The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

The summer meteor shower, Perseid, is in full swing right now and PEAKING tonight/tomorrow morning.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers of the year; and in 2018, they'll be the best shower of the year.

The meteors are called Perseids because they seem to dart out of the constellation Perseus.




Parts of Mexico, Central America, South America, Asia and Africa will also have fine views of the meteor shower.

The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. 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.

Patience is key. It can take up to 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark for optimal viewing. The Perseids are rich in fireball meteors that are very bright and often leave a trail across the sky that will last for a second or two.

This time the shower will be especially visible thanks to the August 11 new moon, leaving a dark and hopefully clear sky. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

As the meteor shower peaks, we bring you a primer on the celestial fireworks.

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