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

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The Perseid meteor shower will illuminate Qatar sky from Saturday evening until Monday dawn, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.

You don't need any equipment to view the shower, it is best watched unobstructed by telescopes or binoculars.

This year is an excellent one for the Perseids, because they will reach their maximum on a new moon weekend; without any bright moonlight, skywatchers will be able to see many fainter streaks.

Look to the north or northeast initially, and then more northeast or east after midnight.

This is why some stargazers have managed to snap images of stars shooting across the sky.

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And in some places, a sky free from clouds will not automatically mean a good view for the meteors. The comet Swift-Tuttle orbits the sun once every 133 years, so every August, the Earth passes through the comet's debris field.

Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

-Get away from city lights. National Weather Service projections from the office in Louisville show tonight will be partly cloudy and less than ideal, but Saturday and Sunday night will be mostly clear. This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12.

The best viewing conditions this weekend will likely be over the northern and central Great Plains as well as parts of the Midwest, where skies are expected to be generally clear. The radiant, or area where the meteors will appear, will be located just above the constellation Perseus. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere. Because of this, meteor rates could be as high as 200 per hour.

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors.