Perseid meteor shower: how to see shooting stars this weekend

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a

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

The Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project in Sharjah has geared up its preparation for the Perseid Meteor Shower, scheduled to light the UAE skies on Sunday from 8pm to 1am.

And even though there won't be as many shooting stars as in past years - in 2016, for example, there were as many as 200 visible meteors per hour - there will still be a boatload this weekend, with as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during its peak, Cooke told Space.com.

Stargazers are hoping for clear skies this weekend so they can see the Perseids in all their glory.

This year we're really lucky that the peak is occurring on the same part of the month as the new moon, so there's very little moonlight out. While it's unlikely anyone living today will ever see this comet when it returns in 2126, we can still witness its effect on the solar system, and our planet, with the annual Perseids meteor shower.

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Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers. Records of the meteor shower date back nearly 2,000 years.

But the meteor shower does not fully awaken until around mid-August when the Perseids peak in intensity. But the best time to watch the shower is in the pre-dawn hours of 3-5 a.m. when the moon has set and Perseus is high in the sky. It is important to note that the constellation for which a meteor shower is named is not the source of the meteors, it is simply in the same direction. Perseid meteors, caused by debris left behind by the Comet Swift-Tuttle, began streaking across the skies in late July and will peak on August 12.

In Manitoba, the best time to see the meteors is at around 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pahud said, adding any time around midnight will be good for viewing.

The best viewing will be in a dark location without any light pollution. However, observers in the mid-Southern Hemisphere will still have a chance of seeing some shooting stars if they look toward the northeast horizon. Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle. Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet sweeping up this dust at a closing speed of over 100,000 miles per hour and the tiny particles vaporise instantly from friction with the upper atmosphere.

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