Perseid August 2018: When can I see the meteor shower?

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

Unfortunately, it's expected to be mostly cloudy for most of us at that time. Astronomy Magazine recommends getting up early to try viewing the shower in the last dark hour before dawn, but it's worth looking up at any hour after dusk. On the flip side, though, the sky will light up for you for 2 nights in a row over the weekend.

A Perseid meteor streaking down the sky in 2010 in Springfield, Vermont.

How can you see the meteor shower?

The Perseids originate from the Perseus constellation.

The Perseid meteors are the cosmic rubble and debris left behind in the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Additionally, the Perseids meteors are quite fast.

The particles reach high speeds when entering Earth's atmosphere and disintegrate on their way to the ground, leaving a trace of light.

"We'll go inside Dynamic Earth, to kind of just talk about what meteor showers are, and what the difference is between meteor shows and comets, stuff like that", she said. The shower is known for its large quantity of meteors, including the possibility of bright fireballs.




This year is an especially good one for watching the Perseid shower as the moon will be in its least visible phase so its light won't be dominating the sky. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

If you are interested in taking photos of the meteor shower, check out these tips from Sky & Telescope.

This year forecasters say we could see anywhere from 60-70 meteors per hour but during outburst years (like 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors per hour.

The shower will be visible to the naked eye.

"If you try to look for them through a telescope or binoculars it's harder because they streak by so fast", she said.

The best bet would be to visit places that are neither too polluted and nor too populated.

Scientists also say the best way to see it is in the dark with a wide view, and as far away from city lights as possible.

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