How to catch the Perseid meteor shower in Ireland this weekend

The stunning meteorological event will light up the skies over Ireland this Saturday. So, here’s how you can catch it.

Get outside and look up this Saturday as a breathtaking Perseid meteor shower is due to light up the skies over Ireland this weekend.

A highlight for stargazers, the breathtaking is caused by the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet slamming into Earth.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in July or August and is regarded as a highlight in Ireland’s meteorological calendar. So, here is how you can catch it with your own eyes this weekend.

What is a Perseid meteor shower? ‒ a beautiful meteorological display

How to catch the Perseid meteor shower in Ireland this weekend.
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Hailing from the Perseus constellation, the Perseid meteor shower is a highlight in the calendar for stargazers everywhere.

First recorded in 36 AD, the famous meteor shower takes place between 17 July and 24 August. It is associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle.

One of the most dramatic displays you can witness, the Perseid meteor shower sees a shower of light dash across the sky and illuminate all around.

The Perseid meteor shower is due to light up the skies over Ireland this weekend. So, here is how you can catch a glimpse of this magical event for yourself.

How to catch the Perseid meteor shower in Ireland this weekend ‒ you won’t want to miss this

The shower is a stunning meteorological event.
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Due to take place on Saturday night, the Perseid meteor shower can be seen anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere along mid-southern latitudes.

However, travelling to certain destinations will increase your chances of catching the meteor shower. You will not require any special equipment to see the shower, just dark skies and a comfy place to sit and take it all in.

For your best chance of catching this breathtaking event, it is advised to travel to areas with minimal light pollution. So, travel outside of the big cities to rural areas. Here, you can take in the night sky in all its glory.

Areas such as the OM Dark Sky Park in Omagh, the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve in County Kerry, and the Mayo Dark Sky Park in County Mayo are ideal locations to catch a glimpse. The coastline of County Donegal will also provide perfect conditions.

It is also advised to check the weather forecast before staying up to catch a glimpse of the beautiful display. However, with the current heatwave and clear skies across the Emerald Isle, you should have a fairly good chance of witnessing the shower for yourself.

The best times to catch the Perseid meteor shower ‒ when it will be most visible

How to catch the Perseid meteor shower in Ireland this weekend.
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According to Nasa, you should be able to catch up to 100 meteors per hour at peak activity. Travelling at 59 km (37 miles) per second, the shower is a true marvel to witness.

Nasa advises that you will have the best chance of catching the Perseid meteor shower in Ireland this weekend in the pre-dawn hours. The shower will be at its most active between the hours of 12 am and 5:30 am on 13 August.

Perseids are known for their long ‘wakes’ of light and colour that streak the sky behind them. You can also see their incredible fireballs that create an explosion of colour and light.

So, this dazzling display is certainly one you won’t want to miss. And, if you get a chance to catch it for yourself, make sure to tag us in your pictures @ireland_before_you_die on Instagram.

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