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Perseids meteor shower: What you need to know

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Perseid meteor shower visible on Saturday night

Perseids are are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Irish skies are set to illuminate this weekend as the annual Perseid meteor shower is in full blaze.

A special meteor shower that you should be able to see without any special equipment will light up the sky in a few days time.

There's a chance to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower at any time during this period, but the extravaganza is at its peak around August 11, 12 and 13.

The yearly show got its name because the stars appear to fly out of the constellation Perseus.

"Lots of people head out to their hammocks or sprawl out on a sandy beach or grassy lawn, talk quietly, check their phones, and share a few laughs to the shower's paired rhythms - spells of sweet languor punctuated by sudden bursts of meteoric excitement".

The peak date however is Saturday, August 12.

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Stargazers expect a similar outburst during next week's Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible overnight on August 11 and 12.

It's not expected that any of the meteors from the Perseid shower will hit the ground on Earth.

City-dwelling stargazers are encouraged to find a spot in a wide open area, away from the lights, to best experience the event.

Somewhere like the Peak District or Lake District would be the best possible place.

It is advised that you should allow around 20 minutes for your eyes to become accustomed to the dark.

What makes this meteor shower truly incredible is the fact that it is packed with up to 100 meteors per hour.

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