Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids Meteor Shower has been observed for around 2000 years, and are the result of Earth passing through a cloud of dust left behind Comet Swift-Tuttle. As Earth moves through this cloud, the particles fall into our atmosphere and burn up, creating spectacular streaks of light in the sky, known as meteors or shooting stars. This shower is named after the constellation Perseus, from which the meteors appear to come from in the sky. If you trace back the path of a Perseid, you will find that it appears to come from a point in the north east. The Perseids will peak this year over the next few days and, with good weather predicted for this week, it is the perfect chance to see the meteorites over Irish skies.
This year's Perseid Meteor Shower will, for the first time, be reported on live on Twitter. The Virtual Astronomer the British Astronomical Association will host the Twitter Meteorwatch. They are inviting people to use the hash tag: #Meteorwatch when tweeting and to "get involved, ask questions, do some science, follow the event and enjoy the wonders of the night sky". Images and other information will be tweeted as it happens. Live! Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they are an astronomer, have a slight interest in the night sky or just wonder? For more information visit their website, www.meteorwatch.org