Meteor shower of the year coming up

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Fortunately, none of these should be a major issue this year. The shower begins to peak on Friday, and the busiest stretch and the best viewing, according to NASA, will be from midnight Sunday through the predawn hours of Monday.

Although the shower peaks on August 12, you'll be able to see a good deal of shooting stars all weekend and into Monday.

The Perseids get their name from the constellation Perseus, which the meteors seem to come from (they do not actually originate in the constellation). Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon.

One of the best sky shows of the year is coming this weekend.

This year you can catch the spectacular display on August 12, going into August 13, when the shower peaks.

Those bits of cosmic dust fall into our atmosphere, creating the bright streaks we see as meteors in the night sky.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

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"All people have to do is count how many "shooting stars" (meteors is the correct term) they see every 15 minutes and send them to Astronomy Ireland's website that night or the next day". The shower is caused by the Earth running into the debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, which happens every August. This almost two-month spread suggests that comet debris has spread widely since Swift-Tuttle first passed though the inner solar system thousands of years ago.

Each time Swift-Tuttle passes through the warmth of the inner solar system, its frozen, 16-mile-wide nucleus releases debris along the comet's path - through which the Earth passes each summer.

NASA explained: "While observing this month, not all of the meteors you'll see belong to the Perseid meteor shower".

If you'd like a reminder, log in to your YouTube account and click "set reminder" on the feed ahead of time to receive an email 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

The meteors are travelling at an estimated 37 miles per second, so you'll have to keep your eyes open.

-The best time to see the Perseids is after 2 a.m. local time, when the Perseus constellation is high in the sky, reported. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.