16:50 GMT29 September 2020
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    One of the high points in the celestial calendar, the Perseid meteor shower is an annual phenomenon when over 100 shooting stars fill up the sky as the Earth meets debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

    A majestic sky show was witnessed in the skies over Ireland as sparkling shooting stars and fireballs were spotted by stunned residents.

    The meteor shower hit at 36 miles per second to produce a streak of light. However, strong moonlight can play a spoil sport for stargazers, obstructing the view. This year, the Perseid meteor shower peaked on 11 August.

    ​Named after the Perseus constellation, Perseid space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle has made many trips through the Solar System.

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    Perseids, Perseid Meteor Shower, Space, US, Britain, Ireland, Meteor
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