Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

There's one more chance for you to witness the Perseids meteor shower on Monday night.

He said: "This year the moon will be near new moon, it will be a crescent, which means it will set before the Perseid show gets underway after midnight".

And experts have advised the best place to watch the stunning show will be at open areas, away from street lights.

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As you can see from the video, green lights shoot across a star-filled sky in a truly awe-inspiring display. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

Officials says the shower will be peaking from 11 p.m. Sunday evening to early Monday morning.

Known as perseids, also called "Tears of St. Lawrence", the shower of shooting stars is visible in the Earth's atmosphere.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

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Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke.

With the best spots to witness the shooting stars being in Europe, particularly mountainous regions without any light pollution, it's no surprise the stunning footage was captured in the Swiss Alps in Valais Canton.

This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

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