Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Watch Perseid Meteor shower over Qatar skies this weekend

Watch Perseid Meteor shower over Qatar skies this weekend

According to those in the know, the annual Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak this weekend, with Astronomy Ireland predicting that the public will be in a position to enjoy in excess of 80 shooting stars between Friday and Sunday.

"During a good Perseid shower under ideal conditions, you can see about one meteor per minute".

For anyone planning to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend, the forecast holds some bad news.

Guaranteed they'll have an excellent view point and the group provides telescopes.

Tom Reiland, director of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh, said the showers are best viewed right after midnight but that humidity could make it harder to see fainter meteors.

The meteor shower, which looks like a fireball show, will be clearer and more attractive if viewed from dark places.

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When you're away from the lights of a big city, it's easier to spot the shooting stars against the dark sky.

Perseids are pieces of debris from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which takes 133 years to orbit the sun once.

A normal year for the Perseids would have between 80 to 100 meteors each hour, although not all will be visible by the naked eye. That also might be the best chance at less cloudy skies. When the shower is at its height and most visible from Earth, it appears to originate from the constellation of Perseus, a hero in Greek mythology for killing Medusa. Those in northern Australia are most likely to see a meteor or two.

"We wish this were true. but no such thing is going to happen, "said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center".

"Lots of people head out to their hammocks or sprawl out on a sandy beach or grassy lawn, talk quietly, check their phones, and share a few laughs to the shower's paired rhythms spells of sweet languor punctuated by sudden bursts of meteoric excitement".

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