New Moon Poised To Reveal Spectacular Perseids 'Shooting Stars'

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This year was set to be an incredible display, as the new moon left the sky darker than usual.

The so-called Perseids meteor shower returns to the skies every August, and are best viewed in the northern hemisphere in isolated areas where there is little light pollution.

Clear skies will also make viewing more enjoyable. No special equipment is needed, and you can look anywhere in the sky!

The meteor shower is actually the Earth moving into particles of dust and rock from the comet, some as small as grains of sand.

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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". It's expected we could see 50 to 70 meteors per hour starting Saturday and Sunday night. Peak temperatures can reach as much as 10,000F (5,537F) as they speed across the sky. The Perseids showcase more bright meteors than any other annual meteor shower. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon.

Some meteors only have faint, quick streaks.

Greg Scheiderer of the Seattle Astronomical Society recommends finding the darkest place possible for the best experience, although the show will likely still be visible from your front porch, deck, or city rooftop.

Perseids is one of the most popular and easy to see showers, as Quadrantids are known for short and unpredictable peak, and Geminids can be challenging to catch due to the cold weather.

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