Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

Comet Perseid Meteor Shower

Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of handsome shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky.

This Perseid meteor shower is the result of Earth travelling through the gritty debris of Commet Swift-Tuttle that passed by Earth in 1992.

The meteor shower - actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth's atmosphere - can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

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

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

Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high.

It is expected that onlookers will be able to see a shooting star every few minutes.

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

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Whilst meteors can be seen on any night, at certain times of the year their numbers drastically increase.

If you're lucky enough to reside in a hilly or mountainous region, you're all set for the best views - so find yourself a nice spot and enjoy the show.

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. You can look anywhere you want to-even directly overhead.

A meteor shower lit up the skies above Europe and North America on Saturday night, giving star gazers a rare opportunity to see a display of shooting stars with the naked eye.

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