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

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a

The Perseid meteor shower of 2018 is nearly upon us. But if it is cloudy, you will not be able to see the meteor shower.

"Residents of the Northern Hemisphere including Qatar will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower", QCH astronomer expert Dr Beshir Marzouk explained. With the moon entering its new phase, there's less moonlight to get in the way of the show. This is typically one of the best meteor showers viewable from Missouri.

Skies will be clear enough both of the nights this weekend to see them. "Under ideal conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour".

The Perseid meteors are so named because they look like they're radiating from the constellation Perseus.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory. But when comets come close to the heat of the Sun, their ice melts and the remaining matter (the meteoroids) is left behind in the orbit of the comet.

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Every year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids.

NASA scientists say the best time to see the meteor shower is any time after 10 p.m., up to a few hours before dawn. The Perseids have a track record of being "moderately bright" as they streak across the sky. Find a comfortable spot with as a wide a view of the night sky as possible, preferably away from light pollution, and just relax, lie back and look up. Scientists from NASA also said that camping out in the country can triple the amount of visible meteors. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

The peak viewing time will be Sunday at around midnight. But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine.

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