Weekend brings best time to view Perseids meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

Weekend brings best time to view Perseids meteor shower

This year will also be great for viewing because the moon's current phase is near new moon and won't flood the night sky with moonlight. "The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".

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

You won't be able to see as many meteors when you're in a place with light pollution, which includes most of America.

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Once evening falls Sunday, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.

"Sky gazers just need to look to the northeast to observe the Perseid showers", Dr Marzouk suggested. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

For the best viewing, move away from city lights and look to the north.

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But considering that only about 10 per cent of the United Kingdom is urban, most of us shouldn't have a problem finding a darker spot to go look at the skies from. The Slooh.com webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower.

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. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said.

Meteor showers are named after the constellation of stars the meteors radiate from. Others are brighter and can appear to sail across our sky for several seconds, leaving a glowing smoke trail.

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As long as it's a clear night, the meteors will be visible to the naked eye. Arriving by that time should give your eyes ample time to adjust to the darkness.

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