How to enjoy the Perseids meteor shower in Qatar

Blaline McCartney

Blaline McCartney

There is a meteor shower likely coming to the sky near you this weekend, think of it as a sky watching warm up for the August 21 eclipse. The Leonid meteor storms of the late 1990's and early 2000's were more spectacular, and had rates 10 times greater than the best Perseids. I mean if meteor showers are the thing you really get off to, I'm not saying to put away your lube and your telescope. "However, these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them".

"One has to look at Northeast horizon of Qatar sky to see Perseid meteor shower". According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), a bright moon can obstruct the shower and this year, the moon will have waned to around 80% illumination by 12 August. The average rate for the Perseids is about 80 meteors an hour.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower at its peak Friday night might want to stay indoors. You may find ample meteors before moonrise, but perhaps a handful after the moon's brightness washes away all but the brilliant ones.

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The Perseid shower may be a little more hard to view this year because of the almost full moon. Perseid Meteor Shower is not the only exciting cosmic event in the month of August as there was also a Lunar Eclipse on August 7 and a coming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. Both Friday night and Saturday night between midnight and dawn are the times to watch, although there's a question as to if enough clouds will move out in time Friday night.

Cooke says the key to seeing the meteor show is to go to a dark area prior to the shower's peak and sit outside for an hour or so.

It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast.

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Northeast Ohioans, whether you've found the flawless, dark, secluded spot to head to for watching the meteor shower, might run into some clouds blocking the view. The key to finding these is to find a place not near city lights and not near a bunch of trees, giving yourself a clear view of the night sky. However, urban environments like Singapore will see significantly fewer meteors.

The Leonid meteor is caused by debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle, which has a 33-year orbit around the Sun.

Officials say the annual sky event is the most popular, as it gives non-enthusiasts a chance to see them.

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