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Meteor shower of the year coming up

10 August 2018

"Preparations have been finalised where visitors can lay back and relax to watch the complete Perseid Meteor Shower from our desert Majlis setting, without the need or use of any special equipment or telescopes, though visitors are free to choose whether or not to bring one", said Alsuwaidi.

People can view the meteors streaming across the sky anywhere away from downtown Lawrence.

As long as you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseid meteor shower will be right overhead.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is set to light up the night sky this weekend. Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, but Earth still passes through the debris field it has left behind - its last visit to the inner solar system we all call home was in 1992.

When is the best time to see the meteor shower?

The Perseid shower is named after the constellation of Perseus.

The Perseids reach their peak in the early hours of August 13 when up to 70 per hour should be visible.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. But even if you can't step outside a couple hours before the sun comes up, it's worth checking the sky in the late evening and early morning.

To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east. As always, it's best to get away from light pollution and head far away from city centers.

Meteor showers are caused when meteoroids, who were once part of a comet or asteroid, start hitting Earth's atmosphere in streams.

According to Jolene Creighton at Quarks to Quasars, the meteors you'll be able to see during the meteor shower's peak each hour will be blasting into Earth's atmosphere at speeds of around 209,000 kilometres per hour (130,000 miles per hour). The number of Perseids zipping across the sky should increase steadily through the night, peaking just before sunrise. The best time to be outside to catch the peak is between midnight and dawn.

Eight months ago, we delighted in the beauty of the Orionid meteor shower show.

Meteor shower of the year coming up