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Perseid meteor shower to lit up Qatar sky Saturday

Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a Once evening falls Sunday expect to see a meteor or a"shooting star" streaking across the sky every few minutes
Guillermo Lane | 11 August, 2018, 16:19

If you know your constellations, look for Perseus in the northern sky, soon after sunset this time of year.

The Perseid meteors are so named because they look like they're radiating from the constellation Perseus. Under ideal conditions, we could see anywhere from 60 to 70 meteors per hour.

A stunning, natural spectacle is set to light up night skies across the world this weekend, and those living in Dubois County should have a good seat to the show.

Time Magazine reported the shower's peak happens this year from August 11-13, but the night of August 12-13 is expected to be the best time to watch.

How can you see the meteor shower?

The peak viewing time will be Sunday at around midnight.

The Perseids arrive each year in the night skies when the Earth passes through the cosmic trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. But "Earthgrazer" meteors, which skim Earth's atmosphere and showcase long, blazing tails, are visible earlier when the radiant is low above the horizon. Speaking from experience, I used to watch the show as a kid living a mile from New York's JFK airport, and I generally saw a handful of meteors from my backyard with all the house lights turned off.

Perseid meteors pose no threat to Earth, as many of them burn up in the atmosphere more than 50 miles above the surface.

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And in some places, a sky free from clouds will not automatically mean a good view for the meteors.

The best viewing will be away from city lights and other sources of light pollution.

You'll need to let your eyes adjust to the darkness.

The best way to view the meteor shower is by sitting in a reclining lawn chair or lying on your back and looking up at the sky with a wide view.

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.

The 2015 Perseid meteor shower.

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

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