Monday, 24 September, 2018


More than 100 shooting stars expected in weekend’s Perseid meteor shower peak

Kristine Garrett | 09 August, 2018, 19:11

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak the night of August 12, into the wee hours of the morning on August 13.

Every year, in mid-August, Earth passes collides with particles spread along the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle.

So how do you see it?

Timeanddate.com provides tables indicating when the showers are active and even gives some nice tips on how to best watch the performance. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

Though the comet last passed by Earth in 1992, and won't again until 2126, each year Earth passes through the dust and debris (rich in fireballs) it leaves behind, thus giving us the Perseid meteor shower.

While meteors from the Perseids have passed over Earth since the end of July and are expected to continue until late August, the ideal dates for viewing are between Saturday, August 11 and Monday, August 13, with the latter being the best of the three, Cooke says.

The best time to see those meteors is at around 11 p.m. ET until dawn the next morning.

Once they show up in the sky, the Perseids appear to radiate from the Constellation Perseus which has earned them their namesake.

Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers.

When is the Perseid meteor shower peak?

If you're fearless enough to give it a try, make sure to follow these key tips by NASA.

Perhaps you might remember an wonderful meteor show back in the early 1990s?

"Relax, be patient, and let your eyes adapt to the darkness", Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope senior editor said in a statement.

Meteor showers are typically visible with the naked eye, so no special equipment is needed, but those in rural areas with minimal light pollution will have a clearer view.

So when is the Perseid meteor shower? If you can't escape the city, try a golf course or a park.

The Perseid meteors are the cosmic debris and rubble left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle as it barrels around the solar system. But the most spectacular long-lasting meteors, known as "Earthgrazers", can be seen when the radiant is still low above the horizon.

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