Perseid meteor shower 2017: When and where to watch

Shaji Manshad  Flickr2016 Perseids in Qatar

The Perseids meteors shower is expected to be visible in Kuwait on Friday evening and Saturday, Astronomer and historian Adel Al-Saadoun.

The usual rate for the Perseid shower is about 50 or so meteors an hour, but in some years, the number can reach around 150 per hour.

And previously, Jassim Lari of the Qatar Astronomy Club recommended heading to any dark location in the country to observe the meteor shower.

He called on Egyptians to enjoy the rare celestial phenomenon in an area clear of light pollution, adding that the moonlight should not obscure the meteor shower. But the presence of a more than half-full moon on Saturday night and Sunday morning when the event is at its height means the shower might be a little overshadowed.

There's a chance to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower at any time during this period, but the extravaganza is at its peak around August 11, 12 and 13. The best times will be in the predawn hours of August 12. A sky far out in the countryside shows more details than one bathed in the glow of a city. "You might, if you're lucky, see maybe 20 an hour", he told AFP.

Unfortunately, the moon being three-quarters full will make it a lot tougher to actually SEE the shower this year. It will light up the night sky and some of these might even be visible during the day.

If you don't know what a meteor shower is, well, it's when the earth passes through debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet. "In the case of the Perseids, these get to be nearly as bright as Venus".

A meteor's course can go anywhere in the sky but when you see it they will all seem to originate from the same place the shooting stars tails will all point back to the same spot in the sky.

Last year, there was an unusual "outburst" with more than double the usual fireball activity as Earth passed through especially dense "ribbons" of debris within the comet's dust belt.

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