The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour! This matter is what makes for meteor showers, as they burn up, due to friction, while entering the Earth's atmosphere, making them look like shooting stars.
The meteors can be traced to the Perseus constellation, from which they get their name, which will climb in the northeastern sky as the evening passes.
According to the Sun, the cosmic event, nicknamed the "fiery tears of Saint Lawrence", occurs when the Earth moves through the trail of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.
The annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower is due to reach its peak late on Sunday night (Aug. 12) into the predawn hours of Monday morning. "Moon is to set at 7.12pm Doha time", the expert added. "As long as you have clear skies and you're away from the city, you should have a good show". National Weather Service projections from the office in Louisville show tonight will be partly cloudy and less than ideal, but Saturday and Sunday night will be mostly clear. According to Space.com, this year's peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.
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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. From our perspective, the meteors all seem to come from a single point called the "radiant", but that's because they are moving parallel to each other.
Here are 5 facts to know about the Perseid meteor 2018.
-Allow your eyes 20-30 minutes to adjust to darkness. No special equipment is needed, but if you want the best view, it helps to be as far from artificial light as possible.