Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

This Weekend Is The Perseid Meteor Show - Viewing Conditions Will Be Perfect

The Perseid meteor shower is back and can be seen through Monday.

Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time.

The shower should be visible on both sides of the equator, although it is reportedly a better watch if you're in the mid-northern latitudes, meaning the top spots are European countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada.

The steam will kick off at exactly 8.30pm UTC or 9.30pm United Kingdom time.

The shower will be visible to the naked eye. It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour!

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible. "Because Perseids have very long tails so you're going to see that to begin with".

The Virtual Telescope Perseids livestream will broadcast this year from the picturesque Perugia province in central Italy.

Weather permitting, viewing condition this year are expected to be practically flawless with no harsh moonlight to wash out the Perseids. We began 2018 with the rare Super Blue Blood Moon, followed by the Lyrid Meteor Shower and earlier this month, we witnessed another Blood Moon. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action.

Brockhurst recommends, "Go out on your front lawn with a blanket on the ground and to look up, that's the best way".

Around this time every year, Earth ventures into the wake of an ancient comet called Swift-Tuttle, which leaves behind trillions of particles.

The barrelling Haley-type comet completes a trip around the Sun every 133 years, leaving bits and pieces of space rock in its orbit.

"Although the peak is August 12 and 13, the subsequent two nights will offer good viewing as well", he said.

The meteors burn up above the planet, producing streaks of light and brilliant fireballs.

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