Wednesday 18 October 2017

Look to the skies tonight for dazzling fireworks display

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A celestial fireworks display is set to dazzle Irish skies this weekend.

A comet called P209 will cruise remarkably close to Earth – just eight million kilometres away – on May 29.

Multiple debris trails shed by the comet over hundreds of years will intersect our planet's path five days earlier, providing material for meteor showers.

Some experts are hoping that a meteor storm will occur.

"The truth is we just don't know what to expect as this is the first time we have been in the right position in orbit with this comet to witness it," Astronomy Ireland said.

From tonight into tomorrow morning, people have a chance to witness what could be the best meteor shower they will ever see.

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