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The Perseids are set to peak late Sunday, August 12 into the early morning of Monday, August 13, but the spectacle is already beginning to heat up in the dark, mostly moonless evenings.
If people know where Cassiopeia - a W-shaped constellation in the northeast sky - is located, they can find the Perseid meteors just below it beginning about 11 p.m. Saturday night. The Perseids started at the end of July, but the peak is on 12-13 August - which makes it a ideal weekend!
The Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism Project in Sharjah has geared up its preparation for the Perseid Meteor Shower, scheduled to light the UAE skies on Sunday from 8pm to 1am.More news: Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza After Hamas Launches Rocket Attacks
The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus.
"What we're seeing when we see meteors are little dust particles lighting up the atmosphere".
What is the Perseid Meteor Shower?
Some years, such as 2016, saw between 150-200 meteors an hour. This comet has been orbiting for thousands of years, making the Perseids the most reliable meteor shower year-after-year. The Perseids are best seen after 11 PM, away from city lights, and while looking at the northeastern sky. And if you're intrepid enough to travel to a dark sky park, here are some of the absolute best in the United States. This moon rises early, and its bright light has enabled many farmers working late into the night to bring in the harvest.
Meteor showers are fun to watch, especially when they produce a lot of meteors. According to NASA, the comet is 16 miles across - that's almost twice the size of the object presumed to have led to the demise of dinosaurs. Local astronomers will be available with their telescopes in tow to talk about the celestial bodies in the night sky.