Not seeing many meteors during Perseid shower? Blame the moon

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG) organised the Persied Meteor Shower event at Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre in Mushrif Park, Dubai.

The weather will be cooperating pretty nicely if you want to see some shooting stars Saturday night into Sunday morning!

"Every year on this day we go through that trail of dust, and it lights up our sky", said Scott McGillivray of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The meteors themselves are usually no larger than a grain of sand, but when they hit the Earth's atmosphere they are travelling at over 100,000mph or 60 kilometres per second.

At 10:50 p.m. the moon will rise and light up the night sky. "It can take your eyes as long as 20 to 30 minutes to fully adapt to darkness after being in a normally lit room".

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park. Skies will be mostly clear and things will be feeling chilly as temperatures fall into the 50s following sunset on Saturday.

"The Perseids can be very bright and often quite spectacular".

According to Omani astronomer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences Ali Amur Al Shaibani, "The shower actually began on July 17 and will continue till August 24. So be sure you can at least devote an hour or more to viewing to be able to get the best show".

If you can, find a dark place away from populated areas and make sure the city lights are at your back.

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