Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

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

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

Though the Perseids can be spotted between July 17 and August 24, the best views will be from Sunday at 4 Monday at 4 a.m. EST, when the night is almost moonless.

This year's shower lasts from July 14 to August 24, but it reaches its peak from 4 p.m. ET on August 12 through 4 a.m. ET on August 13, according to NASA JPL. And human habitation in the area can be dated as far back as 10,000 years ago, making this dark sky park the most ancient site in America to view the Perseids.

While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet.

Ethan Miller/Getty ImageThe Perseid meteor shower peaks in mid-August.

The Perseids meteor shower is often considered the most spectacular of the year, and this summer's show should be particularly excellent because of the phase of the moon. The August shower gets its name from the constellation Perseus because the meteors appear to originate there.

The meteor shower will be visible without any special equipment, all you need to bring is a bit of patience.

The phenomenon is caused by debris from the tail of the Swift-Tuttle comet entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up, appearing as bright streaks of light crossing the sky.

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This weekend will be the best time to view the event with its maximum peak on Sunday night and Monday morning.

The emirate's leading archaeological and eco-tourism project, developed by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and located in the historic dunes of Mleiha, 40 minutes away from Sharjah city lights.

When the "radiant" is highest in the sky, we'll see the most meteors.

"You'll get a decent show as long as you're north of the equator", he said.

It takes 20 minutes pretty much for your eyes to adjust to the dark and then you'll say oh there's more of them now. No. During that optimum period you could see between 60 and 100 meteors per hour.

Although, stargazers in mid-northern latitudes will be privy to the best views, according to NASA, anyone can see the light show.

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