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#Shooting Stars

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds of shooting stars set to light up Irish skies tonight due to Halley's Comet debris Orionid

Hundreds of shooting stars set to light up Irish skies tonight due to Halley's Comet debris

Previous years have seen dozens of shooting stars pass within an hour.

From TheJournal.ie Tonight's the night as Perseid meteor shower set to light up the skies in Ireland Shooting Star

Tonight's the night as Perseid meteor shower set to light up the skies in Ireland

Astronomy Ireland said you won’t need a telescope to get a good view of the shooting stars – weather permitting, of course.

From The42 O'Shea and Walsh point the way as Kerry beat Monaghan to claim fifth league win Shooting Stars

O'Shea and Walsh point the way as Kerry beat Monaghan to claim fifth league win

Peter Keane’s side are on course for a place in the league decider.

From TheJournal.ie Irish stargazers warned the moon may spoil tonight's meteor shower Eyes To The Sky

Irish stargazers warned the moon may spoil tonight's meteor shower

The moon at at 80% illumination and could outshine some of the shooting stars as they pass through the sky.

From TheJournal.ie Look out your window tonight - there's a special meteor shower due over Ireland Shooting Stars

Look out your window tonight - there's a special meteor shower due over Ireland

There will be more than double the usual fireball activity associated with the annual Perseid outburst, which begins around 11pm Irish time.

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds of shooting stars will be visible over Ireland tonight Eyes On The Sky

Hundreds of shooting stars will be visible over Ireland tonight

People viewing from dark rural skies should be able to see one or two shooting stars every minute.

From TheJournal.ie All eyes on the sky: A meteor shower will be visible over Ireland tonight Shooting Stars

All eyes on the sky: A meteor shower will be visible over Ireland tonight

Everyone can join in the viewing, with no equipment necessary.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Tuesday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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 The "best shooting star shower of the year" is happening tonight The Sky At Night

The "best shooting star shower of the year" is happening tonight

The event will be seen around Ireland with the naked eye.

From TheJournal.ie In need of a wish? This week is your best chance of catching a shooting star Sky At Night

In need of a wish? This week is your best chance of catching a shooting star

The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this week.

From TheJournal.ie Meteorite hunt in the North while stargazers gather for cosmic 'Star-B-Q' Stargazing

Meteorite hunt in the North while stargazers gather for cosmic 'Star-B-Q'

Astronomy Ireland is gearing up to hold its annual stargazing event in Wicklow tonight, while the search is on for a space rock believed to have fallen to earth this week.

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…

From TheJournal.ie Watch the skies for aurora borealis and shooting stars SKIES

Watch the skies for aurora borealis and shooting stars

Increased solar activity means visual treats for star-gazers, with meteor showers and even aurorae visible from Ireland.

Is it a bird? Is it a snowstorm? No - it's a meteor shower

Keep an eye on the skies for the next two nights: with clear skies forecast, there’s a chance you’ll spot a shooting star.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland to brighten up with meteor shower tonight Meteors

Ireland to brighten up with meteor shower tonight

Shooting stars to put on a show that will be visible to the naked eye.

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: