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Dublin: 7 °C Thursday 23 January, 2020

#Perseids

From TheJournal.ie Only one part of the country has a "good chance" of seeing tonight's meteor shower Perseids Of Doubt

Only one part of the country has a "good chance" of seeing tonight's meteor shower

Sorry, everywhere but the south east.

From TheJournal.ie There are going to be A LOT of shooting stars in the sky tonight Perseids

There are going to be A LOT of shooting stars in the sky tonight

There is expected to be more than 20 times the average number of shooting stars.

From TheJournal.ie Meteor shower: Astronomy Ireland wants you to be their eyes Eyes To The Sky This post contains videos

Meteor shower: Astronomy Ireland wants you to be their eyes

The perseid meteor shower is underway. Get out and have a look!

From TheJournal.ie Photograph from Space: the Perseid meteor shower What A Shower

Photograph from Space: the Perseid meteor shower

Even if you were lucky enough to see shooting stars over the weekend, you probably didn’t have quite this angle…

IRELAND MAY BE IN THE GUTTER, but tonight we could all be looking at the stars.

Shooting stars that is – because for the next few days, the yearly spectacle that is the Perseid meteor shower will be visible.

More than 60 meteors an hour will be shooting across the night sky, which according to Astronomy Ireland‘s chairman, David Moore, could mean that you could see one star a minute catapulting across the skies.

The Perseids have been observed for around 2,000 years and are only visible if you live north of the equator. They can be seen perfectly with the naked eye – although if you want a good view of the amazing “trains” that the burning meteors leave in their wake then it is a good idea to use binoculars.

The shower reaches its peak on Thursday night between midnight and 3am. So set up your coffee machine and get ready for one of the most rewarding astronomical events on Earth.

Check out what to expect by watching a video of last year’s Perseid meteor shower: