Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Best viewing for Perseid meteor shower should be this weekend

Best viewing for Perseid meteor shower should be this weekend

The meteor shower runs from July 17 to August 27 but it is this weekend, on August 12, when it reaches its peak.

NASA said some 150 meteors will rain down each hour starting Saturday night during Perseids' peak.

Although it will go on for a few days it will peak on Saturday, August 12.

Comet Swift-Tuttle is the source of Perseid as astronomers discovered that it leaves a river of dust around the sun as it approaches it every 130 years.

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The best time of night to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am until dawn breaks.

He added that the best spots would be in the northern part of Qatar.

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The Perseids, which come around every year, are widely regarded as the one of the best meteor showers of the year.

NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that because of the brightness of the Moon, which will be three quarters full and shining high in the sky when the Perseids are peaking around midnight in the US, American viewers will see roughly 40 to 50 meteors per hour instead of the usual 80 to 100.

The name Perseid is from the Perseus constellation, which is the area from which they appear to travel from in the sky.

You will be able to see the meteors with the naked eye on a clear evening.

In space, pieces of debris are called "meteoroids".

If there is a full moon or a almost full moon, you may not see as many meteors.

"Lots of people head out to their hammocks or sprawl out on a sandy beach or grassy lawn, talk quietly, check their phones, and share a few laughs to the shower's paired rhythms - spells of sweet languor punctuated by sudden bursts of meteoric excitement".

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