Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

It's the most popular meteor shower of the year. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.

Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 - including the spectacular Perseids shower which will peak this weekend - as well as where and how to see them. That's more than a meteor per minute. Gather a group of friends and sit in different directions, so it will be easier for you to find the radiant, i.e. the spot in the sky where all the meteors radiate from.

Every August, the Earth passes through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

To be in with the best chance of seeing some meteors, you need to wait until it's properly dark.

It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.

Meteors in general are small particles of dust - some as small as grains of sand - entering the Earth's atmosphere at a high speed, according to the Royal Astronomical Society.

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The Perseids got their name because they appear to come out of the constellation Perseus to Earth. "Under flawless conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour".

As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye.

What is the Perseids Meteor Shower?

National Weather Service projections from the office in Louisville show tonight will be partly cloudy and less than ideal, but Saturday and Sunday night will be mostly clear.

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.

If you happen to be camping at a Provincial Park you likely picked the best weekend of the year.

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