Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower 2018 GETTY PERSEID METEOR SHOWER You can see the meteors with the naked eye
Sandra Phillips | 09 August, 2018, 12:24

The Perseids appear to emanate from between the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia, but to catch them there's really no need to worry about which direction you're looking. However, this year there will be a New Moon the night before the meteor shower peaks, making an appearance just after sunset as a thin crescent, according to The Weather Network.

The annual show is the result of Earth's proximity to the "gritty" debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, Boyle said in a release.

The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.

Even if you aren't an avid astronomer, you'll still have a great view.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn.

According to NASA, the previous night (August 11-12) will also be spectacular.

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Ali bin Amer Al Shibani, Head of the Omani Astronomical Society said that the date of the meteors can be forecasted and that meteors may last for hours, days or weeks.

A glorious display of Perseid meteors is set to light up the skies over the United Kingdom on Sunday night.

They should start whizzing across the sky before midnight, but the best displays will be in the hours before dawn.

"This is the meteor shower people view most because it occurs in the summer, when the nights are warm and comfortable, when you only have to worry about mosquitoes", Cooke told Space.com. He added that it takes at least 30 minutes for human eyes to adjust, so be patient and that you can expect to be outdoors for a few hours.

While you'll get the best meteor rates in a rural area, far from light pollution, you still might be able to see some meteors from a city or suburb.

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