Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2018

Perseid meteor shower 2018

Observers in mid-northern latitudes will have the best views.

The peak nights for this year's shower will be from August 11 to 12 and August 12 to 13, with more than 100 meteors visible per hour, according to Gary Boyle, an Ottawa-based astronomer.

Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year's Perseid meteors.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

When is the best time to see them?

Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks. It's a rich meteor shower, and it's steady. It's recommended you find a dark sky in a rural area away from artificial lighting.

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If you are in a city, try to get somewhere at least somewhat sheltered from lights, maybe a park or backyard.

Meteors are bright streaks of light, which can shoot across the sky so fast they are seen in the blink of an eye.

The Perseids appear at about this time every year when Earth ventures through pieces of debris left behind by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle.

Earthsky's Bruce McClure said "it should be an awesome year to watch the Perseids!"

During the maximum, or peak, Sunday night and early Monday morning, it could be possible to catch as many as 110 meteors in an hour, or almost two per minute on average. The Slooh observatory will host a livestream of the shower starting at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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