Good news, and bad, about this week's meteor shower


MI is in a good spot to view the Perseid meteor shower, which will display about a meteor per minute and is better viewed in northern states, Bullock said.

That's roughly one every 24 seconds.

A dazzling display of shooting stars will light up Irish skies as the best meteor shower of the year takes place.

"Just get away from as much light as you can and look up Friday, Saturday or Sunday night if the skies are clear", StormTeam 5 meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon said. The sky show is pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle hitting Earth's atmosphere. If our planet happens to pass through an unusually dense clump of meteoroids - comet rubble - we'll see an elevated number of meteors.

A Perseid meteor over the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank in August 2013 (Photo: Getty)When is the best time to see them? Eastern time. Astronomers will discuss the Perseids and answer questions about the meteor shower over the course of the evening.

How regular will the meteors be?

Labeled as the "Summer Celestial Spectacle", one can expect to see around 100 to 150 meteors per hour on the peak night in a dark sky.

A meteor from the Perseid Meteor Shower is seen over a farm near Tonganoxie, Kan. on August 13, 2015. Those greater than a grape produce fireballs accompanied by an afterglow known as a meteor train (a trail of ionised gas that slowly fades from view).

The Perseids are so named because the meteors appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus, the Medusa-killing hero of Greek mythology.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, and so no special equipment is needed.

The only problem that could hamper viewings around the area is some interference from mother nature - including a potential storm and a close-to-full moon that scatters light in the sky. Thirty minutes is usually necessary to adjust to the darkness and to see meteors - if you are lucky you may see two to three per minute.