Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

The shower occurs between July 17 and August 20 each year.

Skies will clear off tonight, allowing us to see the Perseid Meteor Shower, which is at its peak.

However, the Perseid meteor shower might be a little hard to see because of the presence of the moon, which is three-quarters full.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Shasta Astronomy Club will be holding a special viewing for the Perseid Meteor Shower at Brandy Creek Beach Saturday night.

To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night. They are named after the constellation Perseus because the direction the shower seems to come from lies in the same direction.

You will be able to see the meteors with the naked eye on a clear evening. Last night was the peak time, but due to cloud cover and fog developing, you could not see much.

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NASA's meteor expert, Bill Cooke, says the Perseids "can be the warm-up act".

Each year the Earth travels through the tail of dust and ice left behind by the comet.

There will be fewer meteors this year, expectations are around 40 to 50 meteors per hour compared to the 90 we see on normal years.

When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky. Every year, the Earth passes through this trail, and the debris passes through the upper atmosphere at 130,000 miles an hour, approximately.

Scagell also said that this phenomenon is absolutely bright and spectacular.

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