Depending on uncertain clear skies, up to 15,000 shooting stars an hour could be visible over Ireland tonight in a meteor shower, which peaks every 33 years. The shooting stars from the Leonid Meteor Shower, will collide with the earth's atmosphere and should be visible from the early hours of tomorrow morning. The meteors will burn out before reaching Earth - but could damage space satellites.
The Leonid Meteor Shower is caused by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, a huge ball of ice and dust that has been orbiting the sun for over 1,000 years. It is gradually disintegrating, leaving a trail of debris, or shooting stars, in its path. This year the earth passes particularly close, and Ireland could be one of the best locations for spotting the stars, despite the uncertain weather.