This weekend between August 11 -13, Dubai skies will hopefully light up with an impressive meteor shower.
The stunning perseid showers fall every year between July and AugustWhat is the Perseid meteor shower?
Apparently when watching a meteor shower, you are actually watching pieces of comet debris heating up as they enter our atmosphere and then burn up in a bright burst of light, streaking a path across the sky as they travel at 37 miles per second. 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.
"During a good Perseid shower under ideal conditions, you can see about one meteor per minute". "The best Perseid performance of which we are aware occurred back in 1993, when the peak Perseid rate topped 300 meteors per hour". The higher the radiant is above the northeastern horizon, the more meteors will be visible.
The peak date however is Saturday, August 12.
This year's show is competing with the waning gibbous moon, which was full on Monday. The showers are named after the part of the constellation that the meteors appear from its side in the sky. This could be a bigger player to your sight line to the sky.
When can I watch them?
To get the best view of the Perseids, make sure you are observing the sky on a cloud-free night.
The meteors will be sparser around at that time but, the IMO says, "these meteors tend to be very long and long-lasting so it is definitely worth trying to see some of them". "So you'll have a better than decent chance of catching sight of a fireball, as well".
While you can easily see a shooting star with the naked eye just looking straight up, the table below shows the exact direction of the Perseids from your location.
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