Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Hoping to see the Perseids tonight?

Hoping to see the Perseids tonight?

Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar are the best places to watch the shower because of the low rate of light pollution and clear sky-view without any urban light pollution.

Because the meteors are coming approximately from the direction of the Perseus constellation (thus the name Perseid), look between the northeastern horizon and the point right above you.

The Perseid meteor shower is the most famous of all the meteor showers, providing an opportunity for non-enthusiasts to see a meteor.

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Robin Scagell, vice president of the Society for Popular Astronomy said: "We can look forward to a decent display, even though they aren't going to be raining down from the sky".

Following the full moon from August 7, a rather bright waning gibbous on Saturday night could affect your ability to see the shower, impacting the visibility of about half the meteors.

The annual Perseid meteor shower is underway, and the show will get better as we head through the weekend.

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Because the density of the dust cloud varies, the meteors will not be evenly spaced out.

Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say the Perseids typically will produce around 50 to 80 meteors per hour.

But you don't have to me a club member to watch the meteors at the park. The particles, many no bigger than a grain of sand or a pea, blast across the sky at 132,000 miles per hour and disintegrate high up in our atmosphere after making a brilliant streak of light. At certain times they could be close together and at others seem to disappear. Perseids are debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which Earth passes through every August.

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The comet orbits the sun every 135 years.

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