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DONEGAL STARGAZERS SET FOR STUNNING METEOR SHOWER TONIGHT

first_imgA huge meteor shower.Donegal stargazers are set for one of the year’s biggest meteor showers, the Perseids, peaks in activity.Tonight is due to have the highest level of activity, with the number of shooting stars at 20 times the figure for a usual night.Additionally, meteors will be visible at 10 times the normal frequency on Thursday, and at five times the usual frequency on Friday. The Perseids will be visible in all parts of the sky, and Astronomy Ireland are calling on the public to take part in monitoring efforts.David Moore, of Astronomy Ireland’s, encouraged stargazers to count the number of meteors seen every 15 minutes and report findings to the organisation.“This will help us tell if the shower is getting weaker or stronger as the years pass,” said Mr Moore said, adding “this year is particularly good for getting high numbers as the Moon will not brighten the sky”.Anyone out tonight (WED) will also be able to see the International Space Station (ISS) pass over Ireland. Astronomy Ireland said that the station will pass over much slower than the meteors, “almost overhead, looking like a bright star.” The ISS is expected to be visible nightly until Sunday August 16th, and Astronomy Ireland will release exact times for visibility every evening.DONEGAL STARGAZERS SET FOR STUNNING METEOR SHOWER TONIGHT was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMETEOR SHOWERlast_img read more

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