Hundreds of shooting stars could be visible in Irish sky tonight
Cross your fingers for clear skies tonight.
Hundreds of shooting stars could be visible in Irish sky tonight, according to the experts.
Debris from Halley’s Comet is expected to pass by earth on Monday night, and it is anticipated that Irish skies will be able see a number of shooting stars as a result.
Astronomy page Met Alert Ireland have said that best viewing will be after midnight, with up to 20 meteors zooming through the skies each hour, going at speeds of 240,000 kmh.
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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SHOOTING STARS TONIGHT! ⭐️ AREA: LOOK TO YOUR SOUTH EAST! Depending on cloud cover or lack of it you can watch the Orionid meteor shower tonight. Best viewing is after midnight and just before dawnwith up to 20 meteors zooming through the skies each hour, going at speeds of 240,000 kmh, the Orionids are one of the most impressive events in the sky's calendar. These clumps of rock are actually bits left behind by the famous Halley's Comet tail which Earth is now passing through! #MetalertIreland #Astronomy
Halley's Comet is able to be seen from Earth for a short-period of time almost every 75–76 years. A bit like a Dublin Bus, if you miss this one, you'll be waiting AGES for the next.
Sadly, clear skies are a necessity to be able to see the stars, and Met Éireann have predicted that a lot of the country will be cloudy on Monday night...
But it's still definitely worth checking out. Worst case scenario you're stood your back garden looking like an eejit around midnight.