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

Perseid meteor shower on Qatar sky next Sunday

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

Once evening falls Sunday, expect to see a meteor, or a "shooting star", streaking across the sky every few minutes.

It's perhaps the easiest meteor shower for casual sky-watchers to see, given the bearable temperatures of August evenings, Henderson said.

To view it, look high in the northeastern sky to find the constellations Perseus and Cassiopeia.

However, many more photographs will come this weekend when the Perseid meteor shower peaks. The webcast, which you can also follow here at the Slooh website, will offer live commentary and views of the annual meteor shower.

The Perseid meteor shower comes as Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, causing bright streaks that appear as though they're radiating from the constellation Perseus.

The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour. This particular meteor shower "normally produces, statistically, up to 60 meteors per hour", Henderson said. That will make the light from those meteors really pop! But anytime after 10 p.m. on August 12 should be fine.

The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible.

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

-Get away from city lights.

People can also bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the meteor shower from the grassy area around the observatory.

-If you plan on capturing them on camera, don't forget to lower the shutter speed!

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

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