Fireballs, also known as falling or shooting stars are large meteors that shine brighter than Venus, the brightest “star-like object” that can be seen with the naked eye. Photograph: Screengrab from Sean Linehan

Two fireballs were spotted over Ireland on Monday evening, Astronomy Ireland has confirmed. They appeared in the skies at around 6.50pm on Monday and(...)

A stock photo image of a comet. Astronomy Ireland have said Comet Wirtanen is already bright enough to be visible on a clear, dark sky in rural parts of the country Photograph: iStock

A comet is due to pass “unusually” close to Earth this Friday, making it visible to the naked eye, according to Astronomy Ireland. Comet Wirtanen is (...)

 Dr Gregory Brown: “Try to find an open space or high hilltop clear of trees and tall buildings around you” Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A blood moon will be visible across Ireland and much of the world on Friday night although heavy showers may prevent hopeful skygazers from seeing th(...)

Moon with a view: The sky darkens during a total solar eclipse over the Lowell Observatory  in Madras, Oregon, US. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Viewers in Ireland will be able to witness a partial solar eclipse lasting about 50 minutes from 7.40pm tonight. Here’s what you need to know on how (...)

Perseid meteor shower over Drombeg Stone Circle, Glandore, West Cork, Ireland. Photograph: Emma Jervis Photography

Astronomy Ireland is encouraging people to see the ongoing Perseid meteor shower, which will be visible in the Irish night sky until tomorrow. (...)

The weather may prove perfect to see the showers, as Met Éireann are forecasting clear weather on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish stargazers are set for an exciting week as one of the year’s biggest meteor showers, the Perseids, peaks in activity. Wednesday night is due to(...)

A meteorite creates a streak of light  over the north Yorkshire moors at Leaholm, England last Sunday. Astronomy Ireland are ‘desperately’ seeking eye-witness accounts of a fireball that reportedly streaked across Irish skies late last weekend.  Photograph: Steven Watt/Reuters

Astronomers are “desperately” seeking eye-witness accounts of a fireball that was seen streaking across Irish skies on Sunday.According to David Moore(...)

Viewing an eclipse in London in 1999. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

How to watch the solar eclipse safely: make a pinhole projectorUp to 95% of sun will be blocked out by moon for about an hour from 8.30am A weak weath(...)

The “best meteor show of the year” will peak on Saturday, December 13th, according to Astronomy Ireland,  when 20 times more shooting stars than normal will illuminate the skies over Ireland. File Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A “celestial firework” display will light up Irish skies this weekend with thousands of shooting stars expected to fly over the northern hemisphere. T(...)

A fireball which burned up over Russia last February generated shockwaves which circled the globe twice. Photograph:

An ‘extremely bright fireball’ was seen streaking across Irish skies on Saturday night before breaking up, Astronomy Ireland has said. Th(...)