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Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

11 August 2018, 04:20 | Ross Houston

Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

Look up: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend

This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13. 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.

Coming to a sky in the Northern Hemisphere is a dazzling show for stargazers: the Perseid meteor shower. The meteor shower is formed from the debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet as the tiny debris enters the Earth's atmosphere.

Lake Afton Public Observatory, 25000 W. 39th Street South in Goddard, will be open from 9-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, where visitors can look through the telescope to view Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and potentially Venus.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface. "Instead if your just zoned in on one area you're going to miss everything that's going on over here".

It's called the Perseid meteor shower and it happens every August.

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Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun, each time leaving behind a trail consisting of trillions of little pieces of debris.

To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia. Allow your eyes some time to adjust.

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

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

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out. So, inspired by a friend's tweet, I wondered - will city dwellers see the meteor shower?



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