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Perseids of Doubt

Only one part of the country has a "good chance" of seeing tonight's meteor shower

Sorry, everywhere but the south east.

shutterstock_191481824 A composite photo of Perseid meteor activity in August 2013. Muskoka Stock Photos / Shutterstoc Muskoka Stock Photos / Shutterstoc / Shutterstoc

IF YOU LIVE in the south east, you have the best chance of seeing tonight’s Perseid meteor shower.

That is according to this map released by the UK Met Office:

Most of the world, except for parts of Australia, South America, and Antarctica, can see the shower, but your ability to view the meteors will depend on the local weather.

Around 20 times more shooting stars than normal are expected this week as the Perseid shower peaks in activity.

At its peak, up to 100 shooting stars per hour will streak across the sky — more than one a minute.

Viewing is expected to be even easier this year because the moon’s glow won’t interfere with meteor-watching, as it will be approaching its darkest or “new” phase, experts say.

The best way to watch any meteor shower is to get as far away from city lights as you can. Then, just turn your head to the sky.

Astronomy Ireland is asking the public to join their count of the meteors and let them know how many they see.

With AFP and Business Insider reporting

Read: There are going to be A LOT of shooting stars in the sky tonight

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