Where/When to Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend

Ignacio Smith
August 11, 2018

Whatever your plans are this weekend, cancel them all, call up your loved ones, get in the brewskies, and cuddle under the night sky this evening - nature's about to put on a show. If bad weather does spoil your view, you can also watch the Perseid meteor shower live here on Sunday (Aug. 12) starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT), courtesy of the online observatory Slooh.com.

Weather will be ideal this weekend to view the Perseid meteor shower.

He said the meteor activity has been ongoing for more than two weeks and will continue for about another week.

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But in order to enjoy the sight of "shooting stars", clear skies are necessary. When the Earth approaches the stream of debris, the Perseid meteor shower appears.

"The Perseid meteor shower is considered to be the best one in North America for the year", Vessey said. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added.

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

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This year, the peak of the shower should be out of this world. Those tiny bits of debris, traveling at around 132,000 miles per hour, create vivid streaks of light when they collide with Earth's atmosphere. Smoke from the California wildfires that now covers parts of the western USA may create hazy sky conditions capable of significantly dimming bright stars - and bright meteors.

This is classified as an outburst rather than a meteor shower.

The meteor shower started to break out into the night sky around mid-July and will carry on through to the last week of August. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.

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But meteor magnitudes work a little differently from star magnitudes, University of Chicago astronomy professor Leslie Rogers told Gizmodo, since the meteors also have streaks.

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