Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

A Small Window to see the Perseid's This Weekend

This month, our skies will be lit up with yet another celestial spectacle: the Perseid meteor shower, the shower NASA calls the 'best of the year'.

Experts offer some tips to get the most out of nature's fireworks: Since Perseid meteors can be seen from any direction in the sky, viewers should pick out a dark patch of sky free of light pollution and wait for the meteors to appear.

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

The Perseids meteor shower will peak this weekend between the night of Saturday, August 11, and the morning of Monday, August 13.

When is the best time to see them? The meteors will appear to streak away from and out of the constellations of Perseus and Cassiopeia.

The Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project in Sharjah has geared up its preparation for the Perseid Meteor Shower, scheduled to light the UAE skies on Sunday from 8pm to 1am. During that optimum period you could see between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

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Active Junky, which is also the sister site of Space.com, has provided a list of the nation's top cities, and the best places they can go to watch the meteor show. "You can look anywhere you want to - even directly overhead". The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams. In those cases they can actually predict that when the Earth passes through the orbital path of the comet there will be a higher than average debris field.

"During a meteor shower the Earth collides with that debris and very small pieces burn up in the upper atmosphere creating the show".

The best time to see the most meteors according to the American Meteor Society tends to be just before dawn, around 4 a.m. local time.

When is the next meteor shower?

The meteor shower is made up of particles that crumbled away from the 26 kilometre (16 mile) wide comet as it zooms in and out of the inner Solar System.

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