Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

Experts say up to 75 meteors will be possible per hour as Earth passes through debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The stars are aligning for anyone interested in watching the Perseid meteor shower this weekend.

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

"Professional and amateur astronomers will have a good chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower this year because the Moon will be just two days old at the peak of the shower and hence will not appear in the sky at night".

This is why some stargazers have managed to snap images of stars shooting across the sky.

The Perseid meteors are so named because they look like they're radiating from the constellation Perseus. As long as skies are clear, Americans from coast to coast can see the meteor shower right overhead.

Every 133 years it makes an orbit around the sun, each time leaving behind a trail consisting of trillions of little pieces of debris.

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The shower that we see from Earth is the little bits of ice and dust - that are usually no bigger than a pea - hitting the Earth's atmosphere at a staggering 134,000 miles per hour.

If you do have a break in the clouds, be sure to look toward the north.

Get out of the city, away from street lights.

Remember: areas without urban light are the best and your eyes may take some time to get used to the darkness before you can see the show.

A number of planets will also be highly visible. They say the further you are from artificial lights, the better the view will be.

The Virtual Telescope Project will be streaming a view of the Perseid meteor shower on Sunday from the Castel Santa Maria in Italy's Perugia province, where the community is restoring the 16th-century church that has been damaged by several earthquakes.

And don't forget to grab your camera before you head out.

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