Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

The meteors we see in August are fragments left by the comet Swift-Tuttle. That's when the earth will have turned into the meteor stream, which means the show will be just above the horizon line.

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that peaks in early-to-late August.

The Perseids are one of the more active meteor showers on stargazers" calendars, producing an average of between 60 and 100 "shooting stars' an hour at their peak.

"The Perseids appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, visible in the northern sky soon after sunset this time of year. You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead".

The shower is expected to peak on the night of Sunday August 12, though Saturday and Monday will also offer excellent views. Best of all, constellations and the Milky Way should be highly visible due to a New Moon on August 11, meaning there will not be as much light to drown out the stars.

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks.

You will also have a better chance of seeing the dazzling display when it is completely dark.

It's nearly time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, and NASA expects it'll be the most dazzling meteor shower of the year.

The best place to view the meteor shower is in the Northern Hemisphere, during the pre-dawn hours. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours. Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. So if you can find a spot away from artificial light and free of clouds, you will be in for a great show!

Being in the northern hemisphere, the United Kingdom is in a prime spot to witness the lunar show.

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