Perseid meteors over Malta give stargazers a night to remember

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The meteor show began a few weeks ago and is expected to continue for another week.

It's just mere hours until the Perseid meteor shower lights up the Saturday night sky. But experts have warned that with the moon at three-quarters full, it may make it harder to spot the meteors as they fly past this year.

The Perseid meteors are the debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which enters Earth's atmosphere every mid-August, according to Scientific American.

Stargazers across the county were treated last night to an impressive meteor shower.

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

"This year the moon will drown out the faint stars so instead of seeing one or two shooting stars every minute, you might only see half of this".

The Perseids are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

If you can see through the clouds, there's a meteor shower happening tonight in Ireland

Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, told the Press Association ahead of the evening spectacle: "There was one rogue report that said it was going to be the most impressive display for 96 years or some other rubbish".

Tonight's the night of the annual Perseid meteor showers over Ireland - and like nearly every other year, there's cloud cover predicted.

"The Perseids in 2017 have been the opposite: performing as soon as it got dark and giving many their first glimpse of a meteor easily".

They are called the Perseids because they seem to come from near the north-east constellation Perseus, named after the Greek slayer of monsters.

These factors could be caused by the weather, or too much brightness from the moon - which is said to be the event's biggest hurdle since it has been full since August 7, and will likely emanate enough light that may outshine the meteor's luster in the night sky.

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

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