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Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

12 August 2018
Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

One of the best-regarded meteor showers of the year peaks this weekend - The Perseid Meteor Shower.

One of the best shooting-star shows of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere) is probably best seen in North America from the northern Great Plains and Great Lakes region where skies should be clear. It's expected we could see 50 to 70 meteors per hour starting Saturday and Sunday night.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, cancel them all, call up your loved ones, get in the brewskies, and cuddle under the night sky this evening - nature's about to put on a show.

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 shower will be visible to the naked eye. "Under flawless conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour".

The Perseids got their name because they appear to come out of the constellation Perseus to Earth.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, Aug. 12, into the early morning of Monday, Aug. 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

Every August, the Earth passes through the debris field of the comet Swift-Tuttle.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event.

According to NASA and Space.com, Earth will pass through the thick of debris ar around 9 p.m. EST Sunday, meaning that night and into the morning hours of August 13, promise to produce the best show for North America.

"The moon normally casts a lot of light and ... can end up washing out and making it impossible to see those meteors but we'll have a nice dark sky because the moon will be absent from the sky and even if it's just below the horizon there's only a sliver of it that's going to be sending light our way".

Perseid meteor travel at 132,000 mph, or over 36 miles per second.

If you live in an urban area, you might want to take a drive to avoid city lights, which can make the meteor shower seem faint.

A number of planets will also be highly visible. 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.