How To See The Glorious Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend

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Every year in August a summer display of meteors graces the night sky courtesy of the Swift Tuttle comet.

ASTRONOMY Ireland is asking members of the public all across the 32 counties to watch the best meteor shower of the year "The Perseids" and count how many they see every 15 minutes.

9-13, is one of the best opportunities to catch shooting stars all year.

Sky enthusiasts can also head to Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado which is hosting a Night Sky Festival during this time.

The Perseids are dust and debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, AccuWeather explains.

And while they take his name, the meteors don't actually come from the stars in the Perseus constellation, which are hundreds of light-years away.

You can watch the meteor shower on the Virtual Telescope Project's website starting from August 12.

The bright streak of light in the photo was snapped when the meteor sped at speeds of 132,000 miles an hour.

The best time to view the Perseids would be after midnight each night, as that is when the greatest number of meteors will be visible.

If you're one of those privileged few who don't live their lives surrounded by constant smog and smoke, the Perseid meteor shower is a handsome event that you won't want to miss. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet. People can look directly overhead to see the meteors, as long as they are in a dark area without too much light pollution. This shower is also known for its fireballs, which are larger explosions of light and color that last longer than an average meteor. As these particles move in their elliptical path, Earth can pass through that path, meaning that both the Earth and these particles will collide. You'll want to let your eyes adjust to the darkness, so lay down on the ground and look up at the northeast sky.

The good news is you will be able to see them with the naked eye.

You will be in for a treat as this means roughly one per minute.