Here's how you can see the Perseid Meteor Shower Saturday night

Look up: Irish people will see shooting stars tonight

Look up: Irish people will see shooting stars tonight

Journalist have talked breathlessly about the upcoming solar eclipse which will happen on August 21, but another fantastic astronomic event will happen this weekend.

The Perseid meteor shower is poised to reach its peak this weekend (12/13 August), giving stargazers a chance to get a rare glimpse of a spectacular night-time display. The space agency stated that they are expecting 150 meteors per hour, which is 10 times smaller than the Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by the earth and has a nucleus width of about 26 km.

But experts have warned that with the moon at three-quarters full, it may make it harder this year to spot the meteors as they fly past. Debris from the comet breaks off and can drift in space for years before being captured by Earth's gravity and falling into the sky.

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

With only a few clouds in the forecast tonight, some of us could see a few meteors streaking across the Valley. Some meteor showers are slow, but we are moving into the Perseid stream so they are coming at us quite swiftly.

The best night for viewing in Mid-Michigan will be Saturday. The dusk of August 12 promises to be the best opportunity to see meteors, but the Perseid meteors will continue to fall through Earth's sky up until August 24.