Here's how and when to watch the Perseid meteor shower

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower

The spectacular Perseids meteor shower or'shooting stars

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

Of course, the one other thing you need to view the meteors is clear skies, and, as usual in the Northwest, it will be a challenge.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

According to Astrology Ireland: "This year Astronomy Ireland is to take part in a Nationwide Perseid Watch, where you simply count the number of meteors - or shooting stars - you see".

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

The meteor shower gets its name because they seem to shoot out of the Perseus constellation.

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The comet itself will come extremely close to Earth in a "near-miss" in 2126. Best viewing times will be between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

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

Historical observations show that Perseids has been a super active meteor shower for a long time.

A dazzling display of shooting stars lit up the skies of the world last night, with stargazers getting the treat of a lifetime. You'll have a attractive view of one of nature's greatest shows.

For 2018 however, Sark is considered as the best place to see the shower with it's lack of light pollution. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle.

Here are some facts about the Perseid meteor shower.

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