Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to peak this weekend and offer a brilliant night sky, according to NASA. The Perseid are essentially a collection of dust and small rocks left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. And even though there won't be as many shooting stars as in past years - in 2016, for example, there were as many as 200 visible meteors per hour - there will still be a boatload this weekend, with as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during its peak, Cooke told

But what if you're unable to get to that dark site, or - worse yet - what if your weather is poor?

Perseids meteor shower 2018: When is it? Video will be provided by David Brewer in Denver, Colorado.

Forecasters expect the peak to occur the nights of August 11 and 12.

Muscat: The Sultanate is now witnessing the Perseids, which are the most famous meteor showers. When the Earth's orbit crosses a trail of these particles they can collide with our atmosphere and burn up as shooting stars.

The Perseids can be witnessed in the northern sky whenever the meteors enter Earth's atmosphere throughout the day. That should only increase as the shower reaches its peak.

Perseids meteor shower 2018: What is it?

In Manitoba, the best time to see the meteors is at around 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pahud said, adding any time around midnight will be good for viewing.

And while they take his name, the meteors don't actually come from the stars in the Perseus constellation, which are hundreds of light-years away. If the night is clear and you keep your eyes peeled, you should be able to see the showers at any point at night. And if you want to know how to pronounce "Perseid" correctly, it sounds a little like "Purse-y-id", here's a video from NASA to help. If you're south of Brisbane don't worry, you can still view the event on a clear night, try head away from the city lights into a darker area.

Dim meteors appear as a momentary flash of light while the brighter ones leave a glowing streak.

Heading out to a dark spot is the best plan of action, but stargazers should allow around 20 minutes for their eyes to become accustomed to the dark.