Not seeing many meteors during Perseid shower? Blame the moon

Milky Way is seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir near Grandas de Salime Spain

Milky Way is seen during the annual Perseid meteor shower above Salime Reservoir near Grandas de Salime Spain

"Usually in the United Kingdom we are either clouded out or suffer the ill effects of the Moon on meteor showers, and they usually end in disappointment", he said.

One awe-inspired stargazer said: "Experiencing my first ever Perseid Meteor Shower and actually seeing stars in this way is just lovely and wow".

Earth passes through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle from 17 July to 24 August with the shower's peak - when Earth passes through the densest, dustiest area - occurring on 12 August.

Here are some of the dazzling pictures of the annual Perseid meteor shower captured over the past few years.

You will be able to see the meteors with the naked eye on a clear evening.

Each year the Earth travels through the tail of dust and ice left behind by the comet.

"I think under good conditions you might see one or two a minute, probably more towards Sunday morning rather than Saturday".

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It's made up of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet and happens every August.

The darker the sky, the better viewing experience you can have.

The celestial event will be most visible in the pre-dawn hours. "The moonlight can create a haze and reduce the number of shooting stars you see".

But most of the meteors in the Perseids are much too small for that: they're about the size of a grain of sand.

Asked if he was expecting clear skies for the night, Mr Moore said Irish astronomers tend to ignore the forecast given the unpredictable nature of our weather.

Scagell also said that this phenomenon is absolutely bright and spectacular.

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