Perseids meteor shower to peak Monday night with stunning FIREBALL displays

Perseid meteor shower 2019 How to see the best meteor shower of the year

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The NASA Perseid live stream kicks-off from 1am BST (8pm EDT) tonight and will continue until the early hours of Tuesday, August 13. Our planet swings through the debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle each year, from mid-July to late-August, with the most eye-catching episodes happening early-August.

If skies are clear, the Perseid meteor shower should be visible from around midnight until 5.30am.

People in the Northern Hemisphere should have the best seat in the house to catch the Perseids.

NASA reports that the best possible time to spot the impressive shower will be slim, because this special astronomical event will be interrupted by another more common one: a almost full moon. The only downside is that the peak viewing time is predicted to occur between 2am and 5am on Tuesday. This means the Moon's brightness will affect the visibility of the Perseids.

Mind you, while the Perseids are said be among the best of Earth's meteor showers, NASA has warned that things are a little more complicated this year.

Astronomy Ireland is participating in a Nationwide Perseid Watch this year.

Get as far away from urban lights and pollution as possible.

At their peak, the Perseids can reach a rate of 110 meteors per hour and can be seen with the naked eye when one looks to the northeast. The brightness from the screens of phones or other devices will have a negative impact on night vision, thus preventing optimum stargazing.

'Weather tonight is largely dry for many but there is potentially some showers affecting western coasts later this evening and generally dying out overnight, where it might be cloudier.

Temperatures will drop to as low as seven degrees on what will be a cool night, however, so if you are venturing outside, make sure to dress accordingly.

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